Pop Culture and the Arts Essay

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Pop Culture and the Arts University of Phoenix Rick Miles Arts 125 Dr. Oliver Boone July 7, 2010 I can go on and on giving you textbook definitions and examples of art, but instead I will sum it up by simply saying that art is an expression of how one feels and the way that he/she decides to express him or herself. Fine art to me would be the more priceless art such as the Mona Lisa painting, or the painting of the Last Supper. Popular art would be such an expression of self that took the world by storm such as rap music, which today, whether like it or not is definitely a form of expression. Artifact would be that which has been discovered that holds great significance to unanswered questions that boggles the mind today. Art is a statement of who a person is. It definitely helps identify which culture which you belong to. As the saying goes, “I have never seen a dog trying to be a cat.” Culture is considered to be group-specific behavior that is acquired, at least in part, from social influences. Elite culture can be defined as those “high” cultural forms and institutions that were exclusive to, and a distinguishing characteristic of, modern social elites. It is a term that particularly references the cultural tastes of the established aristocracy, the commercial bourgeoisie, educated bureaucrats and political power brokers, and the professions in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century’s. Popular culture is often viewed as being trivial and dumbed-down in order to find consensual acceptance throughout the mainstream. As a result, it comes under heavy criticism from various non-mainstream sources (most notably religious groups and countercultural groups) which deem it superficial, consumerist, sensationalist, and corrupted. Ethnocentrism is the tendency to believe that

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