Banalisation of Culture

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Banalisation of Culture

Postby Sabina » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:26 pm

Social and literary critics have identified our age as post-industrial, postmodern, and post-literate (among many other labels). But we are actually undergoing a metamorphosis much more sweeping and all-inclusive than these terms imply; ours is a post-intellectual era. We are experiencing a cultural transformation that is reversing four hundred years of intellectual evolution.
Post-Intellectualism and the Decline of Democracy:
The Failure of Reason and Responsibility in the Twentieth Century.
Donald N. Wood


"What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish."
W. H. Auden


I have found a deterioration in the capacity of students to use language. Just the papers I get require more work on my part. Imprecise writing. There's a laziness too. A kind of disconnect between the mind and the words.

So the capacity to articulate what's in your mind has declined. I just think, even though more people attend school for longer than ever, that people are not as well educated as they once were. We teach them not how to swim, but how to get along in the pool. We teach social and political things well enough. But we still don't know how to read and count.
Robert Brustein, founder of the American Repertory Theatre and professor of English at Harvard


Ours is the age of substitutes: Instead of language we have jargon; instead of principles, slogans; and instead of genuine ideas, bright suggestions.
Eric Bentley


Take care to be born at a time when it was likely that you would be definitely exalted and influenced by Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, and Turgenev, and Chekhov.
Susan Sontag


The television screens may be bright and our comfortable homes may be warm; but outside it is beginning to grow dark and cold.
William Lederer A Nation of Sheep
"Whether You believe you can, or you can't, you are right."
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Re: Banalisation of Culture

Postby mirjana » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:50 pm

Sabina wrote:"What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish."
W. H. Auden

Very good topic, Sabina!
Unfortunatelly it is so, =0(
Definition of culture

"Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning "to cultivate") is a term that has different meanings. For example, in 1952, Alfred Kroeber and Clyde Kluckhohn compiled a list of 164 definitions of "culture" in Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions.However, the word "culture" is most commonly used in three basic senses:

* Excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities, also known as high culture
* An integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning
* The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group"

Some other definitions

* Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving.
* Culture is the systems of knowledge shared by a relatively large group of people.
* Culture is communication, communication is culture.
* Culture in its broadest sense is cultivated behavior; that is the totality of a person's learned, accumulated experience which is socially transmitted, or more briefly, behavior through social learning.
* A culture is a way of life of a group of people--the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.
* Culture is symbolic communication. Some of its symbols include a group's skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, and motives. The meanings of the symbols are learned and deliberately perpetuated in a society through its institutions.
* Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of and for behavior acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievement of human groups, including their embodiments in artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of traditional ideas and especially their attached values; culture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of action, on the other hand, as conditioning influences upon further action.
* Culture is the sum of total of the learned behavior of a group of people that are generally considered to be the tradition of that people and are transmitted from generation to generation.
* Culture is a collective programming of the mind that distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another.

What I love in DS is the way how different forms of culture are present and how nicely we play with all of them making different associations. This is a great way to widen a knowledge and concrete aplication of it in daily life.

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