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The term "popular culture" can mean different things to different people. It is usually recognized that it involves aspects of social life most actively involving the public. 

As the ‘culture of the people’, popular culture is determined by the interactions between people in their everyday activities: styles of dress, the use of slang, greeting rituals and the foods that people eat are all examples of popular culture. Popular culture is also informed by the mass media.

Examples of popular culture come from a wide array of genres, including popular music, print, cyber-culture, sports, entertainment, leisure, fads, advertising and television. Sports and television are arguably two of the most widely consumed examples of popular culture, and they also represent two examples of popular culture with great staying power.

Delaney, Tim, 2007, Pop culture: An overview, Philosophy Now