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Pop Culture

Child watching the teletubbies on TVThe word culture is used with various meanings.

In a lab, a “culture” is a preparation of cells or the cultivation of bacteria.

Journalists talk about the FBI culture, the corporate culture, cultures of fear, cultures of failure, the gun culture, the entertainment culture, and the drug culture. All they mean is that subgroups within the dominant culture share distinctive characteristics of behavior.

On this site, popular cultureaka “pop culture”— forms a category that treats of all the influences that affect Americans of every age on a daily basis. Aspects of “high culture” such as the classic works of literature, can be found in the GENERAL KNOWLEDGE category. Book reviews will be categorized under READING.

For US Youth, intellectual achievement is not cool
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of ignorance
Americans don’t like educated people
Hurray for the Teletubbies
Watch out for Caillou’s English
Exercise caution with Superwhy
Subversive Staples ads
Mass Killings, Mental Health, and Television
Television as Brain Deadener
The Media’s War on Vegetables
Department store ad vs parents
Sex, violence, and bad grammar
Mixed messages about criminal behavior
Not smart to be smart
Speaking Standard English is not Elitist
Misuse of English in the Media
Journalists should be fluent in standard English

June 25, 2024