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Chapter 1 - Culture

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:42 AM by Nathan Grove
    Culture can be viewed as many things in general. This was one aspect of the chapter that interested me greatly, the way they defined culture. They classified popular culture against fine art. They seemed to strongly support this viewpoint and I disagree. It is possible to enjoy classical music and hip hop at the same time. Or as they said, "The Beatles and Bach." They strongly seperate these two things, but I see no reason they can't co-exist. There are some forms of culture which are highly misunderstood. Music is a form of expression that deals with sound and voice, while television and movies have to do with visual stimulation. Not many people consider video games to be any form of art or expression like a song or a picture.
    Video games are a new form of culture and they deal mainly with an experience. They also have to do a lot with the Electronic and Digital eras. Now I'm not talking about Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty. Those games are merely for fast entertainment and should be considered low culture. The games I speak of are story-driven, musically mutured, and graphically advanced. For example, Bioshock. In Bioshock your character discovers an underwater city called Rapture created for the idea that society failed. Without a government and laws to support itself, Rapture collapsed on itself and turned into something of a dystopian society. My point being is that many people see games as an immature form of entertainment and nothing more, while they've never heard of the ones I mention.
    The digital era is nearly as important as the printing revolution. Now kids as young as eight years old are writing their opinions online to discuss with the world. Before this time, people only started doing this when they got jobs or were in more advanced classes. Now kids do it on their own. I just think it's a really important time.