By Naomi Shaefer Riley, Christine Rosen (Editors)
“Sizing up and taking down the issues we learn, watch, and play, this all-star workforce of analysts offers a chain of delightsand surprises that would make you think of anew the deep constructions that tell our lives, even if we predict we’re off-duty.”—Kyle Smith, motion picture critic, big apple PostContemporary pop culture, from books to movie to tv to tune to the inner most corners of the net, has provoked loads of feedback, a few of it good deserved. but for lots of americans, and especially for more youthful american citizens, pop culture is tradition. it's the merely type of cultural adventure they search and the forex during which they trade.In Acculturated, twenty-three thinkers research the rituals, the myths, the tropes, the strange behavior, the practices, and the neuroses of our glossy period. each tradition reveals a fashion for individuals to inform tales approximately ourselves. we depend on those tales to educate us why we do the issues we do, to check the bounds of our event, to reaffirm deeply felt truths approximately human nature, and to educate more youthful generations approximately vice and advantage, honor and disgrace, and very much extra. A phenomenon just like the present crop of truth tv indicates, for instance, with their bevy of “real” housewives, super-size households, and youngster beauty-pageant applicants, turns out an not going position to discover truths approximately human nature or examples of advantage. And but on those indicates, and in a lot else of what passes for pop culture nowadays, a stunning topic emerges: circulate past the visible extra and hyperbole, and you'll find the makings of vintage morality tales.As the identify indicates, readers will locate in those pages “ACulture Rated.” This vigorous roundtable of “raters” contains not just well known cultural critics like Caitlin Flannigan and Chuck Colson, but in addition celebrated tradition creators just like the manufacturers of the hit ABC comedy sleek relations and the host of TLC’s What to not put on. Editors Christine Rosen and Naomi Schaefer Riley have tasked those contributors—both the critics and the insiders—with taking a step or again from the unceasing din of pop culture so they may well greater pass judgement on its price and its values and support readers imagine extra deeply in regards to the which means of the narratives with which they're bombarded each waking minute. In doing so, the editors desire to foster a wide-reaching public conversation—one that would support we all to imagine extra sincerely approximately our culture.Free excerpts, movies, and extra statement to be had on www.acculturated.com.
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Acculturated: 23 Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality TV, Chic Lit, Video Games, and Other Pillars of Pop Culture by Naomi Shaefer Riley, Christine Rosen (Editors)