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Pop Culture & Globalization.

Araceli Garcia

The vast majority of new innovations and ideas that we encounter today have reached us through media including the internet, radio, television, and films. The groups of people who adapt these fast changing trends are known as the ‘popular culture’. The growing planes of communication and travel have made it possible to share ideas all over the world. The mountains and deserts that once made migrating impossible can no longer keep people from sharing their ideas, which is why we see things like Jeans and Mc Donald’s all over the world.

The advantage of assimilating to the popular culture is having the opportunity to interact and learn from people with different ideas and inspirations. This broadens our perception of the world and gives us a better understanding and appreciation of the diversity surrounding us.Pop culture may change due to influences from industrial technology. But it lacks the determination to preserve society in nature as it originated.

Some customs and values are isolated from the rest of the world and spread only through migration, script, and trade. These groups of people are known to participate in ‘folk culture’, and display a distinct uniqueness in their music, architecture, and language. Folk culture is a concentrated area of traditions and characters inspired by nature’s beauty(Rubenstein).  A drawback of isolation would be the existence of ethnocentrism, in which a group of people look at the world from a single cultural vantage point, leading to the possible belief that they are superior to all other cultures. We have,however, forced folk culture to follow new beliefs and customs through forced migration and diffusion. Slaves for example, were forcefully removed from Africa and taken to Europe, North America, and South America. Their only choice was to follow the ongoing flow of the new culture if they wanted a chance at exchanging and understanding information. Diffusion, whether it be natural or forced can create a ‘shared cultural context’ so that people may identify with each other and actively participate in a group due to shared similarities(Rubenstein).

On the other hand, it may also lead to acculturation. This is when smaller or weaker culture adopts to the customs, beliefs, and language of the dominant culture. We then begin to see a loss of unique languages that are overshadowed by English. Along with that comes the adaptation of habits and influence of different perceptions, therefore changing the cultural norms that were originally imposed.   Pop culture is making its way into new territory as the advancement of the media continues to grow, but may be limited by cultural acceptance as well. There is a ‘permeable barrier’ in place when only pieces of an idea are allowed to spread. The internet for example, is a controversial idea that is strictly censored in other countries such as Turkmenistan and Vietnam. They may not ban the internet as a whole but allow only a few websites to be accessible. These countries for example, closely  monitor emails and control what content is released on blogs(“Top 10”). People in these countries are unable to share their open opinions and thoughts and may be punished for doing so. It gives us a better understanding of the freedoms that we may take for granted in our own culture.


http://cln647.wordpress.com/(Pop culture icons)

(http://www.inkingrey.com/article/1016/development-of-folk-culture-and-folk-lore): Example of folk culture

Work Cited

Rubenstein, James M.. The cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography. 11th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 20011. Print.

“Top 10 Countries that Censor the Internet.” ListVerse. N.p., 2 Oct. 2010. Web. 5 Dec. 2013.

Edited by: Pricilla, Jacob, Susana

Where our Water Comes From.

Araceli Garcia

The first settlers to come to Longmont chose to live near the St. Vrain River using stream water for their everyday needs including consumption, hygiene, and farming. Yet, not very many people live along the river today since it may pose a threat due to flooding. Our city decided to develop a water system in 1879, after struggling to put a fire out by filling buckets from the river.  This system now allows us to obtain water for our everyday needs, while living further from the river decreasing the risk of immediate flooding. It also illustrates the effect that geographical resources have on human behavior, and the changes we have created all to be in close proximity to the one substance needed to sustain life.

Our water flows some distance through the mountains to reach us, and we must therefore expect it to contain things such as bacteria, as well as material that we put into the environment such as pesticides and radioactive material as a result of farming and mining. The City of Longmont obtains its water from Ralph Price Reservoir, located about seven miles west of Lyons. The water in the reservoir comes from mountain watershed that flows down through the North St. Vrain Creek. The city runs three locations for water treatment which comes to a combined total of about 50 million gallons each day.  Union Reservoir, which is about three miles east of Longmont, is another source of water for the city, but is primarily used for farming.

Longmont’s drinking water is considered ‘soft’ since small amounts of dissolved minerals are left in the water. Water plants may have the ability to remove many substances including minerals from the water, and have the responsibility for testing its quality,although it has no control over the material that it may pick up from our plumbing systems after it leaves their location.

Edited by: Pricilla, Jacob, Susana

(http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/pwwu/water/resources/):Ralph Price Reservoir

(http://www.longmontsculling.com/TikiWiki/tiki-index.php?page=Why+Scull+at+Union+Reservoir+with+Longmont+Sculling+Club%3F): Union Reservoir


 Works Cited

“Water Resources.” City of Longmont. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

    Rubenstein, James M.. The cultural landscape: An Introduction To Human Geography.  11th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011. Print.

Social Movements.

Araceli Garcia

We exist among a vast diversity of people from all over the world, and even though complete equality is ideal among different groups of people, that is not the case. Our differences are valid, yet have established social movements based on the standards that each culture has on its values. It is not to say that movements have not erupted due to geographical problems or political leadership disagreements, but the majority have formed around ethnicity and race, and have been motivated by their values and their reaction to violated human rights.

Such movements attract people with similar identities, whether it be identifying with a particular language, religion, or custom(Rubenstein). Any form of discrimination is aimed towards a group of people who share something in common and are therefore subject to classification by everyone around them. What we look like, what we do, and what we believe in all constitute a part of our identity. We therefore try to bring awareness to the public that we are being judged unfairly when it is clearly evident that we are all different.

The conflicts among different races we see today is a continuation of the struggle of the 19th century between ‘African Americans’ and ‘European Americans’.  African Americans had no chance in defending themselves due to the fact that they lived inferior to the “dominant” culture who had written laws that purposely ensure their subordination (“Revealing Histories”). A successful movement, according to Gamson, is based on two factors: solidarity, which is the identification and loyalty to a particular ethnic group, and mobilization, which is the capacity to obtain resources. African Americans tried to stay together because it was the only way to feel accepted and comfortable around people who were going through the same type of judgement, but they were at an economic and political disadvantage.

They were frustrated with the rejection to integrate into a society that they had been forced into , and broke out in violence when they could see no good results. The violent episodes continued to cast them out and placed a negative association on their behalf. It took activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. for example, to project the words of so many people who were shut down by fear. It was infact his written words that justified the disobedience as a result of unequal treatment. It was King’s attempt to place the American people in different shoes to view the situation from an oppressed perspective; as King simply stated, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”(Dinar).

The ongoing prejudice only divides people to a greater extent, and we continue to see these problems today. Boundaries are set due to physical traits; characteristics that we cannot control such as skin color. We see unequal treatment in jobs, schools, and even in people’s own homes. An additional law has not been enough to blind the nation of discrimination and prejudice.

The development of a society and a strong political government encourages competition(Abel), unfortunately, competition calls for the rise of some and the fall of others. This means that we will always be in some kind of disagreement, violating rights that do not give people the opportunity to feel equal. We are all different after all and should have the freedom to express our true entities. So as long as one individual speaks up, we will continue to see political/social movements arise to defend the equality of mankind.

Edited by: Kishan, Jason, Susana



(http://2012books.lardbucket.org/books/regional-geography-of-the-world-globalization-people-and-places/s07-north-america.html): High concentration of African American culture in the South is due to the forced migration beginning in the 17th century.

Work Cited

Abel, Donald C.. Fifty Readings in Philosophy. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. Print.

Dinar, Ali B.. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.].” African Studies Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013.

Gamson, William A., and Aldon D. Morris. Frontiers in Social Movements Theory. New York: Yale University, 1992. Print.

“Revealing Histories: Remembering Slavery.” Slavery Over Time and the Abuse of Human Rights. Renaissance North West Museums for Changing Lives, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2013.

Rubenstein, James M.. The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography. 11th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 20011. Print.

Acculturation into a new culture.

Araceli Garcia

Very few people enjoy stepping out of their comfort zone. So it would seem appropriate for those people to live in and around the things that are routinely similar and recognizable. The states, cities, and neighborhoods we chose to live in therefore play an important role in identifying people’s lifestyles. Different factors may however  push or pull people into a new location due to financial, religious, or political difficulties. The U.S. is known for its multiculturalism, welcoming folks from all over the world who have struggled with such factors in their country of origin. What most of us are not aware of however, is the distress that people undergo as they attempt to assimilate to a completely new culture.

Acculturation is the process of learning and adapting to new behaviors. Studies provide a layout of stages that people go through as they accustom themselves to the U.S. specifically. The studies agree that most immigrants are primarily satisfied to be in a different country because so many aspects are unique, new, and exciting (Bradbury).. I on the other hand have never seen or heard of such enthusiasm probably due to the fact that migrating did not include the entire family. Both friends and family agree that their first impression was the complete opposite. Everyday was a countdown to the day they would get to leave. Their first stay here elicited fear, anxiety, and mistrust towards others- a phenomenon known as “culture shock”(“Culture Shock”), which results from the transitioning of one culture to another. The frustration arises from the significant contrast in language,  routine, and unknown faces (Ellers). Most of these people have come from small scale towns with a population large enough to have no excuse to forget anyone’s name. Everyone is part of the same religion, share the same values and expectations, and all speak the same language.

Migrating to the U.S. therefore not only has a toll on the person physically, but psychologically as well. New customs may cause confusion and could be the reason for immediate judgement. Gestures are certainly different and contribute for the misunderstanding of other people’s generosity for rudeness. The customary routine and strict notion of time and due dates also seem all too overwhelming in comparison to the self-directed work days back home.

The time it takes to assimilate and accept the new culture’s ideas all depend on the individual’s perception and judgement of new ideas. Adapting to the new culture is not the end of the battle however. People who find themselves visiting back and forth also find themselves putting a lot of effort into fitting in. Both cultures do not quite see that person the same anymore because the ‘default’ norms have shifted to satisfy both cultures. This idea is expressed by the term “culture shedding” which is describes the behavior change as a result of combining your own norms to the other cultures norms(“What is Acculturation”).

To acculturate is to lose some aspects of your old culture to accept and be accepted by the new one. This means changing pieces of your own identity; which may not be noticeable to the individual until someone else points it out. It may seem like an easy task to travel to another piece of land, but the challenge lies in the integration of different lifestyles.

Edited by: Susana, Kishan, Jason




Works Cited

Bradbury, Dr. Lorin. “The Delta Discovery – The real news for the real people.” Stages   of Acculturation. The Delta Discovery Inc, 25 Apr. 2012. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.

“Culture Shock and Acculturation in Self-Directed Target Language Learning in an Authentic Target Language Environment.” ERIC – Culture Shock and Acculturation in Self-Directed Target Language Learning in an Authentic Target Language Environment., English Teacher: An International Journal, 2000. ED.gov, n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.

Ellers, Elizabeth. “Univision Communications .” Univision Acculturation Is Not A One Way Street . Univision Communications Inc, n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.

  “What is Acculturation?.” HubPages. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.