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Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D. (dianegregory)
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 21:26:49 -0600

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I do think that there is a "common" popular culture that
endangers the unique qualities of differing cultures. This
popular culture, spread primarily through television, movies,
popular music, and fast food restaurants, seems to provide
the lowest common denominator. I don't often find this addressed
in discussions on culture. What do you think?


Nancy, I wonder if we are seeing, in this "common" popular culture, a
new culture emerging. Are cultures seen as stagnant, never changing? I
see our culture as a massive kalaidoscope, constantly changing from the
movement and emotion of the people that make it up. And if a new
culture is emerging, it is probably logical that it would start from the
lowest common denominator, whenever you build you start from the bottom.


I do not think of popular culture as being the lowest common denominator.
I think of it as being very revealing about what we value as a nation and
people. For this purpose, I find it very interesting and rich.

One way to build may be not comparing art work to other art work, per se,
but valuing each work of art for its own merit and what it provides us as
humans. In this sense we build from our rich common yet human experience.
Perhaps the role of art education is not to make judgements about one work
being better than another, but to play a role in helping others understand
the context of the work of art and to understand the purposes and reasons
it exists in the form that it exists.

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