sept 8 notes- American Cultural History: The Making of American Popular Culture

This is the idea that what popular culture is is what

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This is the idea that what popular culture is is what is left over after high culture, an idea we've created. Something like an art museum doesn't operate to make money but rather to display these cultural items. The idea that “high culture” items should not be connected to low, base nature of monetary gain like most popular culture items. In an art gallery, there is a special way to display yourself, you have to dress up and speak in hushed tones when around culture as elegant as an art gallery. People do not get hushed when Justin Bieber comes on the radio or get dressed up when the y go see Toy Story 3. Why in the 1870s did high culture separate from popular culture? There was an in flux in immigration. Traditional social elites tried to hang onto their forms of “high culture” and keep those lower in the hierarchical class from attaining it. We think of high and popular culture as different because they are placed in different arenas to be viewed. You would never see a popular painting at a movie theater. Shakespeare in America * Shakespeare was a key to high culture that many normal Americans could access. * There was drinking, shouting, mock violence at these plays, and there would be applause and celebration at each performance. * In the 20 th century we have shifted our perspective on Shakespeare, associating his work with high culture akin to those social elites. The youthful, exciting aspect of Shakespeare's first performances have been replaced from that of a rock concert to that of a library.
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