By Naomi Shaefer Riley, Christine Rosen (Editors)
“Sizing up and taking down the issues we learn, watch, and play, this all-star group of analysts presents a sequence of delightsand surprises that may make you examine anew the deep buildings that tell our lives, even if we predict we’re off-duty.”—Kyle Smith, motion picture critic, long island PostContemporary pop culture, from books to movie to tv to track to the private 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 in simple terms type of cultural adventure they search and the forex within which they trade.In Acculturated, twenty-three thinkers learn the rituals, the myths, the tropes, the atypical conduct, the practices, and the neuroses of our glossy period. each tradition unearths a fashion 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 child 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 stunning topic emerges: stream 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 smooth kinfolk 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 worth 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 might aid we all to imagine extra in actual fact approximately our culture.Free excerpts, movies, and extra statement on hand on www.acculturated.com.
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And monsters, in modern American ﬁction, are where the fun is. It took them a while, but they ﬁnally realized that though a girl may like it rough, she doesn’t like it that rough, and while they may gently render her inhuman, they ought not to extinguish her life altogether. Thus the renaissance in vampire tales, wherein the bloodsuckers are—hemoglobin being apparently low-carb—svelte and alluring. Some of them remain morally unreconstructed and willing to kill for fun, but at least they go about it with panache.
In her case, however, she uses the information to blackmail Phillip into letting her leave their diamond-encrusted mode of life. “Phillip, I don’t want to live in the cloistered environment of Park Avenue with all those provincial wealthy families anymore. ” “If you’re going to knock the way I—” “This is not directed at you. In fact, it’s not about you. It’s about me. And my happiness, and the ultimate wellbeing of our children. I want to live in a diﬀerent community. ” Jamie doesn’t want Phillip to join her in Tribeca or Park Slope or wherever she decides, though.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that he darkens the doorstep of a church any days other than Christmas and Easter. Or, frankly, it could simply mean that he thinks churchgoing girls are more likely to be nice-looking and respectable—the kind of girls he can settle down and start a family with. The idea that what people write on their Facebook proﬁles or answer in personality questionnaires is a perfect reﬂection of who they actually are is demonstrably naive. It can just as easily reﬂect who they want to be or whom they want others to think they are more than it does the true person.
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)