PACIFIC PEARLS PEARLS IN POP CULTURE Distancing itself from what is traditionally accepted as culture, popular culture is woven into the very fabric of our lives by the colorful, textured skeins of sports and sporting heroes; of divas and prima donnas, warbling and pirouetting in their spheres of influence; the beautiful people of television and cinema who become so ingrained in our collective consciousness that we feel a double-dipping closeness with them; the inexplicable fascination we have for royalty, particularly the British variety; or politics and politicians. Then, of course, there’s the mass media that makes all of the above possible.