What examples would you give as the height of American culture?
What is American Culture?
|by Anonymous||reply 98||February 6, 2023 11:09 PM|
The height of American high culture? Whitman, Emerson, Dickinson.
The height of American popular culture? Innumerable films, comic strips, popular music. There's a lot of crossover between high and popular (e.g. Gershwin, Duke Ellington, lots of movies)—in both categories there's plenty of works that have inspired art in other cultures.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||January 28, 2023 10:54 PM|
Music by a Lithuanian Jew celebrating the fact that America is 'Common' in all senses of the word.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||January 28, 2023 10:57 PM|
Here you go.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||January 28, 2023 11:06 PM|
Sadly, it seems to be mostly guns and MAGATs these days OP
|by Anonymous||reply 4||January 28, 2023 11:10 PM|
American Culture started with importing talent from half the nations of the world.
American Culture continued with poaching culture from half the nations of the world.
And further on by BUYING worthwhile bankable talent from the rest of the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||January 28, 2023 11:14 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 6||January 28, 2023 11:17 PM|
Conceal and Carry: 'Murican Kulture
|by Anonymous||reply 7||January 28, 2023 11:22 PM|
Edith Wharton, Edgar Allan Poe....
|by Anonymous||reply 8||January 28, 2023 11:25 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 9||January 29, 2023 4:52 AM|
Pop culture is American culture. It’s been exported all over the world. Amazing that American movies and music influence so much of the 20th and 21st centuries globally
|by Anonymous||reply 10||January 29, 2023 4:53 AM|
Pajama bottoms with fuzzy slippers or slides worn in department stores, restaurants and school.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||January 29, 2023 5:13 AM|
Guns and Warrior Jesus
|by Anonymous||reply 12||January 29, 2023 5:15 AM|
Butter and more butter 🧈
|by Anonymous||reply 13||January 29, 2023 5:27 AM|
Hip-hop has become global and universal. Soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, it’s all American. Not to mention the fashion.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||January 29, 2023 5:31 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 15||January 29, 2023 5:46 AM|
It's not amazing. It's the power of money, big business, advertising and 'brain-washing'.
There's no sensible reason for people from other cultures to accept, adopt and purchase stuff produced in America.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||January 29, 2023 5:46 AM|
[Quote] Pajama bottoms with fuzzy slippers or slides worn in department stores, restaurants and school.
You haven’t been to China have you R11? They started this first and do it better and more often.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||January 29, 2023 5:52 AM|
A longish list of significant symbols ir cultural exports, heavy on Artists, and trying not to duplicate too many already mentioned:
John Singer Sargent
Frank Lloyd Wright
The City Beautiful Movement
Frederick Law Olmsted
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Rap and Hip Hop
|by Anonymous||reply 18||January 29, 2023 10:24 AM|
Football (the manly one, not soccer)
|by Anonymous||reply 19||January 29, 2023 11:55 AM|
American culture metamorphosizes into many different things. Right now, Gen Z is trying to act like it's the early 1980s with AI technology and an obsession with "Stranger Things." The mainstream music is terrible. Pop culture right now is in a very dark, dreary place. Letting the Chinese do our trends bidding (TikTok) did not do us any favors. An entire generation is now brainwashed by trash useless information.
I'm a late millennial, ten years older than the average teenager. My generation was promised a better country than this. So we're just staying at home or working dead-end jobs until the boomers die and give us our good-paying jobs if they are still available.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||January 29, 2023 11:59 AM|
Why do you think it's the "boomers" fault you have a dead end job? That's really weird. You blame these boomers for everything.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||January 29, 2023 4:23 PM|
[quote] What is American Culture?
American Culture is good Merch.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||January 30, 2023 12:21 AM|
R20 sounds like an old man pretending to be a "millennial"
R21 thinks it's okay to pick on "kids today" but not "boomers"
Boomers and Gen X voted for Trump.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||January 30, 2023 12:38 AM|
Unconscious ignorance and stupidity.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||January 30, 2023 12:40 AM|
WE ARE AMERICAN CULTURE!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||January 30, 2023 1:38 AM|
How did you get that from my question R23?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||January 30, 2023 2:23 AM|
American culture is disposable everything.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||January 30, 2023 2:27 AM|
Reality shows and video games.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||January 30, 2023 2:51 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 29||January 30, 2023 3:06 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 30||January 30, 2023 4:08 AM|
Emphasis is placed on one’s tooth appearance and alignment, rather than overall body weight. If you’re a man attracted to women, you need to never trim your pubes and wear knee socks. Fraus like to wear leggings to inappropriate places, and expect world class customer service at a freaking Starbucks. Most neighborhoods built in the last 50 years are cookie cutter. Stores sell “luxury goods” often which are just marketed so, but really are just mass produced pieces of crap.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||January 30, 2023 4:24 AM|
Music: blues, R&B, jazz, soul, pop.
Entertainment: movies and TV shows.
Computers (incl. phones): Apple, Windows-based stuff.
That's all positive stuff. I'll put negative stuff in another post.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||January 30, 2023 4:28 AM|
Where's the love for modern dance? Of all art forms, it and jazz are the most uniquely American. Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, on down to the present day choreographers. I'll post some links.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||January 30, 2023 9:13 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 34||January 30, 2023 9:22 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 35||January 30, 2023 9:27 AM|
Jazz, public libraries that are free to all (not just researchers), substantial literature across almost all genres, severe (some merited, some not) self-criticism, optimism.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||January 30, 2023 9:28 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 37||January 30, 2023 9:30 AM|
R18, film noir is not American.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||January 30, 2023 9:52 AM|
[quote] I'm a late millennial, ten years older than the average teenager. My generation was promised a better country than this.
No you weren’t. lol
|by Anonymous||reply 39||January 30, 2023 9:53 AM|
Baseball, jazz, basically Ken Burns documentaries
|by Anonymous||reply 40||January 30, 2023 11:09 AM|
R38. Film noir is not exclusively American in the sense of having spring from nothing, with no visual influences from French or German film for example. But Hollywood film noir is a fairly distinctive and influential cultural contribution. If film noir is discussed, no one has to chip in to remind everyone that, oh yeah, the Americans made a few of those, too.
Neither did jazz spring up out of nowhere one done day at the start of the 20thC in Congo Square, New Orleans.
Not many cultural contributions are without influences and precedents and parallels.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||January 30, 2023 11:13 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 42||January 30, 2023 12:17 PM|
R31 so does Dior and Fendi. Produced in sweatshops and not all that "quality.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||January 30, 2023 12:52 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 44||January 30, 2023 1:09 PM|
The Internet. Microsoft. Apple. YouTube.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||January 30, 2023 1:13 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 46||January 30, 2023 1:52 PM|
Not really R46. You know that but are just being a cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||January 30, 2023 2:19 PM|
Biscuits and gravy..............
|by Anonymous||reply 48||January 30, 2023 2:28 PM|
I…love…football on TV…shots of Gena Lee…hangin’ with my friends…
|by Anonymous||reply 49||January 30, 2023 2:35 PM|
Giving stupid labels to each new generation.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||January 30, 2023 2:44 PM|
Strip malls, all you can eat restaurants and guns.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||January 30, 2023 3:12 PM|
r28, the Japanese and Brits all had reality shows that the Americans fobbed off of: Ninja Warrior, Big Brother, Pop Idol, Strictly Come Dancing, etc:
|by Anonymous||reply 52||January 30, 2023 4:16 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 53||January 30, 2023 4:44 PM|
R52 unfortunately. Those are low points in any culture.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||January 30, 2023 4:46 PM|
Waffle House brawls.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||January 30, 2023 4:54 PM|
[quote] Jazz, public libraries that are free to all (not just researchers), substantial literature across almost all genres, severe (some merited, some not) self-criticism, optimism.
I didn't know that public libraries were somewhat unique to the US. If so, that's interesting.
Severe self-criticism? I wouldn't say that's characteristic of the US.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||January 30, 2023 7:25 PM|
[quote] Baseball, jazz, basically Ken Burns documentaries
Baseball, jazz, basically Ken Burns tearjerkers
|by Anonymous||reply 57||January 30, 2023 8:40 PM|
American Film noir steals its name from another culture
|by Anonymous||reply 58||January 30, 2023 8:43 PM|
The Marshal Plan.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||January 30, 2023 9:20 PM|
R58 - “film” isn’t an English word?
|by Anonymous||reply 60||January 30, 2023 9:28 PM|
Child of Ukrainian Jews steals music from Cuba!
|by Anonymous||reply 61||January 30, 2023 10:15 PM|
Jell-O salads, plastic slipcovers.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||January 31, 2023 1:01 PM|
Situation comedy and improv.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||January 31, 2023 8:42 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 64||January 31, 2023 8:44 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 65||February 1, 2023 12:17 AM|
I remember Henry Fonda in some 60s TV show proclaiming that the USA was a very big pot.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||February 1, 2023 12:51 AM|
[quote] the Japanese and Brits all had reality shows that the Americans fobbed off of: Ninja Warrior, Big Brother, Pop Idol, Strictly Come Dancing, etc:
And this one
|by Anonymous||reply 67||February 1, 2023 1:33 AM|
One from South Korea.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||February 1, 2023 1:36 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 69||February 1, 2023 1:36 AM|
Who are the idiots trying to claim reality show culture?
Take it, twits. It's certainly nothing to be proud of.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||February 1, 2023 1:42 AM|
Americans believe they invented everything.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||February 1, 2023 1:53 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 72||February 1, 2023 11:59 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 73||February 1, 2023 12:10 PM|
Soft power: Joe Nye was right
|by Anonymous||reply 74||February 1, 2023 12:16 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 75||February 1, 2023 3:00 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 76||February 1, 2023 3:02 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 77||February 1, 2023 3:28 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 78||February 1, 2023 3:36 PM|
Giant trucks, SUVs, country music, fast food, and "recreational" gun purchasing.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||February 4, 2023 12:11 AM|
Subscription services that are never actually used, but keep charging your card every month. It's only $15, no worries.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||February 4, 2023 12:42 AM|
Commuting 40 miles each way to work from your cookie cutter home that up until last year was a cornfield.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||February 4, 2023 12:52 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 82||February 4, 2023 10:15 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 83||February 4, 2023 10:16 AM|
[bold]GUNS & VIOLENCE.[/bold]
|by Anonymous||reply 84||February 4, 2023 10:20 AM|
Jazz, blues, rock'n'roll, movies
|by Anonymous||reply 85||February 4, 2023 10:24 AM|
Consumerism, ignorance, selfishness, religiosity and hate.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||February 4, 2023 10:52 AM|
American cars of the 50s and 60s!
|by Anonymous||reply 87||February 4, 2023 10:52 AM|
The VE parades.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||February 4, 2023 10:54 AM|
Taco trucks. Ramen joints. Sushi bars. White Castle.strip malls. Giant trucks with cops lives matter flags. Trump tardy Vietnam vets.9 lane freeways. Dennys. Corporate motels like Wyndham inn with 300 units in most towns in America. ARCO gas stations with TV screens on the pump selling one dried up heat lamp chicken.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||February 4, 2023 11:14 AM|
Edit to R24 Unself-aware ignorance and stupidity (was Unconscious ignorance and stupidity)
|by Anonymous||reply 90||February 4, 2023 12:33 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 91||February 4, 2023 1:07 PM|
Stupidest threads proliferating in the history of the DL.
And that's saying something.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||February 4, 2023 1:33 PM|
Our opinionated and fighting spirit, our music, films, guns, writers, Elvis, so much more too.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||February 4, 2023 2:40 PM|
In conclusion, America is a land of contrast.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||February 4, 2023 3:22 PM|
Little Debbie's, Mountain Dew, and lots of Ranch Dressing
|by Anonymous||reply 95||February 6, 2023 8:00 PM|
The Cracker Barrel.
Just everything about it- decor, food, patronage, location, business model, service, servers.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||February 6, 2023 8:04 PM|
I am the ugly American I am what I am Say you're cultured 'cause you had a king? Your little boys sleep with their sisters I am the ugly American I know what I am
|by Anonymous||reply 97||February 6, 2023 10:52 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 98||February 6, 2023 11:09 PM|