WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

2/15

Posted by mackenzie brown on February 15, 2017

I would have to agree that sharing music and other things (besides underwear and swimsuits according to the book) is very common among friends. You will usually share new music or movies with your friends so that they can enjoy them too. In the book it states that as long as consumers are not making profit off of illegally sharing music or movies the owners can overlook it because mostly it is harmless. These would be considered favors when music or movies or some product is shared. It is kind of an unwritten rule that you give and accept gifts and favors in friendship usually. Giving gifts or doing favors are usually motivated by something whether it is social satisfaction or something to do with the economy. I never really thought about the “Nothing is ever free” section after reading it. It is very true though, because nothing is free. Someone had to pay for the things we consider to be “free” and will continue to pay for them. I think of this in the sense that McDonald’s offers “free” Wi-Fi but in retrospect we are paying for it by buying from McDonald’s and the company is also paying for it as well. So there is always something behind “free” things whether it be Wi-Fi or a free song off of iTunes. In the book it explains that most free things are just giving back to customers that have already given to that company or person. This has me thinking about all of the “free” things I have ever received and why they were actually considered free although they weren’t at all.

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