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Popular Culture and High Culture: An Analysis and Evaluation Of Taste

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Is NYPD Blue a less valid form of artistic expression than a Shakespearean drama? Who is to judge and by what standards?In this new edition of Herbert Gans’s brilliantly conceived and clearly argued landmark work, he builds on his critique of the universality of high cultural standards. While conceding that popular and high culture have converged to some extent over the tw ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published September 24th 1999 by Basic Books (first published September 23rd 1999)
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Kitap temel olarak popüler kültürün "tehlikeli" ve "istenmedik" bir kültür olduğunu iddia edenlere karşı popüler kültürü savunuyor. Önemli olduğunu düşündüğüm kısımlarını şurada alıntıladım:

Alıntılamadığım, ama yine de oldukça ilginç olduğunu düşündüğüm bir de önerisi var Gans'ın. Gans'a göre kitle medyası temel olarak üst-orta kültüre ve alt-orta kültüre hizmet ediyor. Yüksek kültürün de, pek çok varsıldan ve bunun yanında hükümetten de destek aldığı içi
While I appreciate the vigorous response against elevated high culture critiques of popular culture, Gans' criticism of more perceptive critics of popular culture and his advocacy of cultural democracy seem foolish and utopian. To come against Ellul, Postman, and Marcuse is certainly possible, but Gans has neither the ideas not the style to do so effectively. His advocacy of cultural democracy established via survey and government funding is just silly. I appreciated his division of culture into ...more
Alissa Wilkinson
I found his analysis of different taste cultures to be helpful, but pretty much flat-out disagree with a lot of what he implies. Would have been much better to do a full update of this book, rather than a postscript that allows the writer to dodge inconsistencies between old text and current reality.
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