|Niedzviecki's idea of "separate autonomous culture" made me think of a distant but omnipotent monarch.|
One point that Niedzviecki makes that really struck a chord with me is that pop culture acts as a distant yet very powerful entity in our lives ("separate autonomous culture," 90). It entices us with bright lights and sounds, only to lead us further away from ourselves, our identities. Movie premieres is one of those bright lights that converts me into a media zombie; the glamorous dresses and more-than-perfect bodies aspire me to become like them, the people in the spotlight. However, I am not them... for one, I love to eat! Regardless, there are many times when I find myself tempted to purchase a ridiculously expensive brand name dress, or restrict my diet to water and vitamins. It turns out that becoming like these celebrities is all but impossible for me, for I have yet to look as cool and suave as Angelina Jolie. I get so sucked into the spectacle of pop culture that it becomes impossible to get out - I've paved the path to my own disappointment.
Of course, Niedzviecki's essay is not only relevant to myself. I know that everyone reading this post can relate to the reading in one way or another. It kind of makes me relieved to know that "I'm not the only one." (83)