the culture wars continue

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Be it resolved:

that commercial culture is compromised culture


F.R. and Q.D. Leavis
Robert and Helen Lynd
Richard Hoggart
Helmut Minow
John Berger
Christopher Lasch
Neil Postman
Noam Chomsky
Hilton Kramer
Stuart Ewen
Christopher Lasch
Thomas Frank
Benjamin Barber


Lloyd Warner
Herbert Gans
John Carey
John Docker
Warren Susman
H.S. Bhabra
Robert Thompson
Tyler Cowen
Charles Paul Freund

and now:

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———. 1976. Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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Freund, Charles Paul. 1999. Word Wars. Reason 30, no. 11: 31.

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———. 1979. Symbolic Ethnicity: The future of ethnic groups and cultures in America. in On the Making of Americans: Essays in honor of David Riesman. editors Herbert J. Gans, Nathan Glazer, Joseph R. Gusfield, and Christopher Jencks, 193-220. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania.

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Kleinhans, Chuck. 1994. Cultural Appropriation and Subcultural Expression: The Dialectics of Cooptation and Resistance. Northwestern University Center for the Humanities.

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Rothstein, Edward. 1999. Trolling ‘Low’ Culture For High-Flying Ideas: A sport of intellectuals. New York Times March 28, 1999: AR 33.

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Washburn, Katharine, and John F. Thornton. 1996. Dumbing down: essays on the strip mining of American culture. 1st ed. ed. New York: W.W. Norton.

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