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by Herbert Gans

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Title:Popular Culture and High Culture: An Analysis and Evaluation Of Taste Revised And Updated
Authors:Herbert Gans
Info:Basic Books (1999), Edition: Second Edition, Paperback, 266 pages
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I won't be able to finish. I knew he was blowing it out of his ass when he said that popular culture should be taxed to support high culture. Culture exists because of the financial support of its patrons, not at the whim of a central cultural authority. If it doesn't pay, it doesn't play. Shakespeare knew that. So did Johnson. Joyce didn't know and we got that grad student doorstop 'Ulysses'. Really, just an aggravating book and typical of the sanctimonious editorializing that passes for academic discussion where nicely parsed models are fobbed off as insight. Read Warshow's 'The Immediate Experience' instead, top it off with Chesterton's essay 'In Praise of Penny Dreadfuls' and you've left Gans far behind.
  SomeGuyInVirginia | May 8, 2012 |
Gans does a nice job of debunking certain elitist assumptions about the effects of popular culture that too often go unchallenged. ( )
  deanmachine | Feb 26, 2010 |
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. ( )
  alissamarie | Oct 25, 2009 |
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. ( )
  alissamarie | Oct 25, 2009 |
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. ( )
  alissamarie | Oct 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0465026095, Paperback)

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 twenty-five years since he wrote the book, Gans holds that the choices of typical Ivy League graduates, not to mention Ph.D.’s in literature, are still very different from those of high school graduates, as are the movie houses, television channels, museums, and other cultural institutions they frequent.This new edition benefits greatly from Gans’s discussion of the ”politicization” of culture over the last quarter-century. Popular Culture and High Culture is a must read for anyone interested in the vicissitudes of taste in American society.

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"In this revised and updated edition, Herbert Gans extends his classic study of the roles popular culture and high culture play in American society. Gans argues in favor of all peoples' right to the culture they choose. He also looks at "dumbing down" and other examples of the new mass culture critique and lays out changes in America's taste cultures. Gans has added a new introduction and new postscripts to each chapter updating the original analysis to incorporate recent trends. The book concludes with a concerned discussion of the fate of marginal, deviant and innovative cultures in a society in which increasing inequality makes it harder to pursue the cultural aspects of the American dream."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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