By Naomi Shaefer Riley, Christine Rosen (Editors)
“Sizing up and taking down the issues we learn, watch, and play, this all-star crew of analysts presents a sequence of delightsand surprises that might make you consider anew the deep buildings that tell our lives, even if we expect we’re off-duty.”—Kyle Smith, motion picture critic, long island PostContemporary pop culture, from books to movie to tv to tune to the inner most corners of the web, has provoked loads of feedback, a few of it good deserved. but for lots of americans, and especially for more youthful americans, pop culture is tradition. it's the purely type of cultural event they search and the foreign money within which they trade.In Acculturated, twenty-three thinkers research the rituals, the myths, the tropes, the abnormal behavior, the practices, and the neuroses of our glossy period. each tradition reveals a manner for individuals to inform tales approximately ourselves. we depend on those tales to coach us why we do the issues we do, to check the bounds of our adventure, to reaffirm deeply felt truths approximately human nature, and to educate more youthful generations approximately vice and advantage, honor and disgrace, and greatly extra. A phenomenon just like the present crop of fact 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 exhibits, and in a lot else of what passes for pop culture nowadays, a shocking subject emerges: stream past the visible extra and hyperbole, and you'll find the makings of vintage morality tales.As the name indicates, readers will locate in those pages “ACulture Rated.” This vigorous roundtable of “raters” comprises not just well known cultural critics like Caitlin Flannigan and Chuck Colson, but additionally celebrated tradition creators just like the manufacturers of the hit ABC comedy sleek kin 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 possibly greater pass judgement on its price and its values and aid readers imagine extra deeply in regards to the that 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 may support we all to imagine extra truly approximately our culture.Free excerpts, video clips, and extra remark on hand 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)