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Intermingling of Cultures

A few hours later, and i still am sitting in the same spot. Are all these entries worth the 15 marks?(a repeatedlyasked question moving around in my brain). I mean really its only what 13 more entries to go…its already taken me 3 hours to write 3 entries. That’s another 13 hours. Wait, I did eat lunch , and watch some Phillip DeFranco show, and chat with my mom over MSN…so maybe I’mover exaggerating. In any event, Ive checked on my fellow classmates feeds, and of the 4 feeds that I subscribe to: 1 must have dropped out of this course, because they have nothing on their page, and still have the greeting post when you sign up, another one went crazy over board with posting and with posts with great length it exhausts me to even attempt to read any, another did the right number of blog entries and just did the requirements, and the last one only has 9 entries..that’sonly 4 more than me! So…the point of this analyzing other people’s blogs..is all this work for 15..ONLY 15 marks worth it?! Ive clearly pretty much given up on scholarly sources and have just wrote whats on my mind about the subject as well as examples of pop culture and what other people think. Its too exhausting to give scholarly sources for every idea because this is just POP CULTURE…it changes a lot  all the time. You want scholarly sources related to oh i don’tknow..what drug effects have on something..I’m totally game..but pop culture is people’s opinions, so…ah..I’m ranting because I’mfrustrated that my entries suck because I don’t think like the rest of the students and am having a very hard time to sit here and write about stuff that was said in class when its sunny and warm outside and I have a million and one other things I could be doing. Okay..Here’s entry number 6…this is getting painful. Your welcome.

High culture. Low culture.  High culture can be defined as a more prestigious , knowledgeable and held the highest in a society(mainly arts). Low culture can be defined as almost the opposite. It is for the less elite, the less knowledgeable and lower in society. Usually it is associated with popular culture(Wiki..i know not credible..).  However, I do believe this distinction is fading fast. I believe that the lines between high and low are slowing becoming a blur and blending together. I believe that now your your good little church go-er, pianist, and opera attendee can also find humour in watching the Grape Lady fall (video below) and be apart of today’s popular culture.  Or, maybe in a complex way think about how elite a cello player is to that of an electric guitar, yet I bet some where along the way the electric guitar originated from cello. So, then that amateur video with more than 57 million views on YouTube with the guy playing the guitar, he could be said to be apart of both high culture and low culture at the same time, no? His song is greatly complex and difficult to play which would count as high culture, and maybe he goes to church and opera, and maybe his family is really rich but he loves to play the electric guitar and post it on YouTube..maybe? Los Angelos Time seems to support the idea that “High Culture [is] Meet[ing] Low Culture”.   LA times says that “The great 21st century work seems to me to merge this promiscuous blend of pop styles with a rigor and discipline that comes from the old-school approach to serious art”.  Therefore, supportingthe intermingling of both high and low culture in today’s society.

*Link to the LA Times full article: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-ca-shame27-2008jul27,0,1460307.story

 

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