High Culture? Low Culture? Popular Culture? What role do they play in civic life? How do they bring people / citizens together? This will be a central issue in this class.
A brief video to get us in the right 'mindset' [0:13 to 4:40, 5:35 - end]. Note clothes, architecture and decorative elements, the story, and the audience interaction
And of the other extreme.
- High culture most commonly refers to the set of cultural products, mainly in the arts, held in the highest esteem by a culture. It is the culture of an elite such as the aristocracy or intelligentsia. In antiquity and in the Renaissance, literature or 'letters' were understood to include all writing of quality with any pretense to permanence.
- In contrast, low culture refers to that of the less well-educated or the masses, encompassing such things as gossip magazines, reality television, popular music, yellow journalism, escapist fiction, and camp.
- Th. Adorno: Pop culture is not dialectical. that is, it does not involve discussion and reasoning by dialogue as a method of intellectual investiigation; in its original form culture is dialectiical in that it refers to Socratic techniques for exposing false beliefs and eliciting the truth. To Hegel, culture is a process by which opposites are reconciled.
- Popular culture, traditionally used synonymously to mean low culture, is the entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, memes [an idea or behavior that spreads from one person to another], images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture. It may or may not evoke a dialectical component.
Review of the syllabus, work-load and schedule. Introduction:
Some procedures for using class time optimally.
What qualities make for a successful City? What three qualities do you think a successful city has or should have?
Results from class of 2004 and 2005