- By Naomi Schaefer Riley Christine Rosen

Acculturated: 23 Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality TV, Chic Lit, Video Games, and Other Pillars of Pop Culture

  • Title: Acculturated: 23 Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality TV, Chic Lit, Video Games, and Other Pillars of Pop Culture
  • Author: Naomi Schaefer Riley Christine Rosen
  • ISBN: 9781599473727
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Acculturated Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality TV Chic Lit Video Games and Other Pillars of Pop Culture Sizing up and taking down the things we read watch and play this all star team of analysts provides a series of delightsand surprises that will make you ponder anew the deep structures that inform

    Sizing up and taking down the things we read, watch, and play, this all star team of analysts provides a series of delightsand surprises that will make you ponder anew the deep structures that inform our lives, even when we think we re off duty Kyle Smith, movie critic, New York PostContemporary popular culture, from books to film to television to music to the deepest c Sizing up and taking down the things we read, watch, and play, this all star team of analysts provides a series of delightsand surprises that will make you ponder anew the deep structures that inform our lives, even when we think we re off duty Kyle Smith, movie critic, New York PostContemporary popular culture, from books to film to television to music to the deepest corners of the internet, has provoked a great deal of criticism, some of it well deserved Yet for many Americans, and particularly for younger Americans, popular culture is culture It is the only kind of cultural experience they seek and the currency in which they trade.In Acculturated, twenty three thinkers examine the rituals, the myths, the tropes, the peculiar habits, the practices, and the neuroses of our modern era Every culture finds a way for people to tell stories about ourselves We rely on these stories to teach us why we do the things we do, to test the limits of our experience, to reaffirm deeply felt truths about human nature, and to teach younger generations about vice and virtue, honor and shame, and a great deal A phenomenon like the current crop of reality television shows, for example, with their bevy of real housewives, super size families, and toddler beauty pageant candidates, seems an unlikely place to find truths about human nature or examples of virtue And yet on these shows, and in much else of what passes for popular culture these days, a surprising theme emerges Move beyond the visual excess and hyperbole, and you will find the makings of classic morality tales.As the title suggests, readers will find in these pages ACulture Rated This lively roundtable of raters includes not only renowned cultural critics like Caitlin Flannigan and Chuck Colson, but also celebrated culture creators like the producers of the hit ABC comedy Modern Family and the host of TLC s What Not to Wear Editors Christine Rosen and Naomi Schaefer Riley have tasked these contributors both the critics and the insiders with taking a step or two back from the unceasing din of popular culture so that they might better judge its value and its values and help readers think deeply about the meaning of the narratives with which they are bombarded every waking minute In doing so, the editors hope to foster a wide reaching public conversation one that will help all of us to think clearly about our culture.Free excerpts, videos, and additional commentary available on acculturated.

    1 thought on “Acculturated: 23 Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality TV, Chic Lit, Video Games, and Other Pillars of Pop Culture

    1. I just thought of this book again today. It's basically a collection of essays about pop culture. I keep thinking about the essay about career moms and the stories/movies about them. I recently saw "I don't know how she does it." This book definitely made me think a bit differently about modern culture, and a year later, I'm still thinking about some of the essays in it.

    2. Excellent series of essays on topics of popular culture in the 21st century, including reality TV, chick lit, teen lit, infidelity etc - all as viewed by American writers and with reference to the American public. Thought provoking and well written.

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