Acculturated: 23 Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality by Naomi Shaefer Riley, Christine Rosen (Editors)

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“Sizing up and taking down the issues we learn, watch, and play, this all-star crew of analysts presents a chain of delightsand surprises that would make you think of anew the deep constructions that tell our lives, even if we expect we’re off-duty.”—Kyle Smith, motion picture critic, big apple PostContemporary pop culture, from books to movie to tv to tune to the private corners of the net, has provoked loads of feedback, a few of it good deserved. but for lots of americans, and especially for more youthful american citizens, pop culture is tradition. it's the merely type of cultural adventure they search and the forex within which they trade.In Acculturated, twenty-three thinkers study the rituals, the myths, the tropes, the ordinary conduct, the practices, and the neuroses of our glossy period. each tradition reveals a manner for individuals to inform tales approximately ourselves. we depend on those tales to coach us why we do the issues we do, to check the boundaries of our adventure, to reaffirm deeply felt truths approximately human nature, and to educate more youthful generations approximately vice and advantage, honor and disgrace, and very much extra. A phenomenon just like the present crop of fact tv indicates, for instance, with their bevy of “real” housewives, super-size households, and youngster beauty-pageant applicants, turns out an not going position to discover truths approximately human nature or examples of advantage. And but on those exhibits, and in a lot else of what passes for pop culture nowadays, a stunning topic emerges: stream past the visible extra and hyperbole, and you'll find the makings of vintage morality tales.As the identify indicates, readers will locate in those pages “ACulture Rated.” This vigorous roundtable of “raters” contains not just well known cultural critics like Caitlin Flannigan and Chuck Colson, but in addition celebrated tradition creators just like the manufacturers of the hit ABC comedy smooth kinfolk and the host of TLC’s What to not put on. Editors Christine Rosen and Naomi Schaefer Riley have tasked those contributors—both the critics and the insiders—with taking a step or again from the unceasing din of pop culture in order that they may well greater pass judgement on its worth and its values and support readers imagine extra deeply concerning the which means of the narratives with which they're bombarded each waking minute. In doing so, the editors desire to foster a wide-reaching public conversation—one that would support we all to imagine extra basically approximately our culture.Free excerpts, movies, and extra statement on hand on www.acculturated.com.

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Hymowitz heavy price for his roguish ways. He became the second president in the nation’s history to be impeached and stayed stuck in the laughing stocks for years. His chief offense was not oral sex; it was his humiliation of his wife and daughter. ” More specifically, the Adultery Ritual is an indictment of male lust for younger women. The “other” woman is almost always dewier, sexier, and a deeply bitter reminder to the middle-aged wife and her peers of their declining allure. No matter how impressive her achievements, depth, or wisdom, the wife is an aging female, the least enviable of human beings.

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More specifically, the Adultery Ritual is an indictment of male lust for younger women. The “other” woman is almost always dewier, sexier, and a deeply bitter reminder to the middle-aged wife and her peers of their declining allure. No matter how impressive her achievements, depth, or wisdom, the wife is an aging female, the least enviable of human beings. Monica Lewinsky vs. Hillary Clinton. Rielle Hunter vs. Elizabeth Edwards. In a just world, would there be any contest? The bottle-blonde Rielle commenced her seduction by whispering to the candidate, “You’re hot”; she passed out business cards inscribed with the words—in caps, of course—“being is free.

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