There are almost as many definitions of popular culture as there are people. An all-purpose beginning definition is that popular culture, or mass culture, is a set of widely accepted values, conventions, or social practices within the characteristic features of everyday life. Pop culture includes arts, events, trends, and people that grab mainstream societal attention at a specific place or time.
For a more thorough discussion of popular culture consult some of the many popular culture materials in the Library collection, such as:
Danesi, Marcel. Popular Culture: Introductory Perspectives. HM621 D36 2008.
Geist, Christopher D., and Jack Nachbar. The Popular Culture Reader. 3rd. ed. E169.1 P5983 1983.
Opposing Viewpoints: Popular Culture. HM621 P654 2011.
Pendergast, Tom, and Sara Pendergast, eds. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 3 vols. Ref E1691.1 S764 2000.