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GEOG 102 Ch.4 Culture

Popular culture is far less dependent on local

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Unformatted text preview: net/cwp/thomasnast.html 51 52 Threats to Folk Culture: The Environment Modifying the Environment: Increased Demand for Resources Folk cultures are dependent on the local environment. Although they may modify it, if they survive, they must be in some sense “in balance.” Popular culture is much more likely to create pollution – toxic chemicals, sewage, etc. Popular culture is far less dependent on local conditions. Food can be imported; air conditioning can keep things pleasant. So popular culture is far more likely to modify the natural environment – sometimes in ways that may be disastrous for people trying to live a traditional life. Popular culture needs access to large quantities of raw materials – minerals, petroleum, lumber, agricultural land. Increased demand for these resources can severely impact the environment – in ways that traditional cultures never would. Feedlot, Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Nebraska Source: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/oct98/odor1098.htm 53 54 Modifying the Environment: Recreation Modifying the Environment: Placelessness Each golf course covers at least 200 acres and requires enormous quantities of fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation water. About 200 new golf courses open every year in the US; thousands around the world. Popular culture is characterized by nearly uniform styles of art, architecture, advertising, behavior, etc. When every place is indistinguishable from every other place – then how can any place be special or unique? Why put any particular value on a place when it’s just like everywhere else? 9...
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