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American Culture

If You Were Dying, Would Anybody Help?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

Who is responsible for this "values cliff" and how do we get back on track to a shared expectation of decency, responsibility and citizenship that we all can say is the real America of our traditions, aspirations, hopes and dreams?

Notes On Freedom And Culture: What Culture? Whose Freedom?

Alan Jones | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

We need a new national conversation about the culture that produces both lousy and great movies, about a culture that embraces violence as the necessary price of freedom, about the kind of human beings we are becoming.

Is American 'Acceptance of Violence' on the Rise?

David W. Jamieson | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
David W. Jamieson

In national surveys conducted every presidential election year since 1992, we've been monitoring the evolution of a value called "Acceptance of Violence." We have measured this value by asking four questions, each designed to gauge a different facet of respondents' views on violence.

"Americans Kill People": Michael Moore on Newtown, Mass Shootings, and the U.S. Culture of Violence

Democracy Now! | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! airs comments made by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore about the Newtown shooting. "Yes, we need more gun control. Yes, we need f...

Quick Fixes in Life and Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

In the face of serious social and economic problems, life is patience, and President Obama has the intelligence and foresight to meet the challenges of the future. A vote for him on November 6 moves us away from the past and propels us toward the future.

Why Does the USA Insist on Doing Things Differently Than the Majority of Other Developed Nations?

Quora | Posted 11.16.2012 | World

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Gary Teal, Republican America doesn't insist on doing anything differently. We just do whatever the...

What Are the Best Movies to Recommend to a Foreigner Looking to Understand What American Culture Is Really Like?

Quora | Posted 11.09.2012 | Entertainment

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Vicki Boykis, Number-cruncher. Writer There are a couple of things that are really important in und...

The Crisis of American Consumerism

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Some people buy inflatable Santa Clauses, and they put them on the rooftop. You ask if they really need that, they chuckle and say "no, no, of course not." But, when you ask them about flatscreen TVs, people feel uncomfortable. The truth is, we have very limited real needs.

When They Say You Have No Culture: Talking Applebee's, Passing, and Self-Acceptance With Memoirist Lacy M. Johnson

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Stacy Parker Le Melle

In winning fashion, Johnson's memoir refutes the supposition that her hometown's culture is equal to the sum of what a stranger can see through his windshield.

America: A Modern Imperialist

Misa Mori | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Misa Mori

Widespread American culture is threatening cultural diversity. And while some nations resist the temptation of American wealth, these corporations still manage to pry their way through those barriers.

Decision 2012: U.S. vs. Everywhere Else

April Salchert | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
April Salchert

My Swedish significant other and I have been looking for opportunities to work internationally. We've discussed moving to the U.S. (where I'm from), moving to Asia (where I've worked before), or staying here (Sweden). It's our Decision 2012.

STUDY: What Does Your Facebook Profile Pic Say About You?

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 06.09.2012 | Technology

Log in to Facebook and look at your profile picture. Is the shot a zoomed-in photo of your face, or are your surroundings the focus of the shot? A...

Hanging on to America

Paul Ratner | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Paul Ratner

Whenever I'm in one of its in-between spaces, I feel the fragility of the American ideal. The ideal, not the cynicism, is why we came here. The America of the middle is worth hanging on to with everything we've got.

Moving Beyond a Biomedical View of Co-Sleeping

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.21.2012 | Parents
American Anthropological Association

As a culture, Americans need to move beyond narrow interpretations of parenting practices.

Why You Should Tip the Foreign Delivery Guy

Morgan Rotondi | Posted 05.21.2012 | Home
Morgan Rotondi

We've all been there. You're hungry, maybe you're ordering delivery, or maybe you're going to that place down the street. You place your order. Then, all of a sudden, there's something standing between you and satisfaction... a language barrier.

Since '45 - Extended Film Project

Michael Korolenko | Posted 04.25.2012 | Home
Michael Korolenko

"Since '45" presented a personal retrospective record of the years 1945 through 1979 of American cultural history and its relationship with modern media -- how it reports, portrays, impacts, and, in some cases, influences events.

From Occupy to Progressive Renewal IV: A Full Development Society

James Block | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
James Block

The current movement on the streets building before our eyes, following the vast cohort of young people in the Obama campaign, tells us that the American dream perseveres. If without a vision the people perish, what cannot be achieved in its service?

Why Americans Are Becoming Stupid

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Robert Slayton

The public sphere is no longer a place where Americans can solve problems, and neither are open format workplaces or classrooms. Is it any surprise that we're worried about our rate of creativity?

From Occupy to Progressive Renewal III: A Call to New Truths

James Block | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
James Block

Real equality of opportunities must be through equality of achieve valuable functioning. --Amartya Sen A Common Inheritance A...

From Occupy to Progressive Renewal II: It Takes a Village

James Block | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
James Block

To move beyond their cautious pragmatism, progressives must abandon the self-defeating assumptions of the past. They must reject the false choice between social justice and individual freedom.

From Occupy to Progressive Renewal: Demanding the Just Society

James Block | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
James Block

Finally, serious opposition has emerged against the full-scale, right wing and corporate takeover of American society.

The Voodoos and Don'ts of American Culture

Vaishali | Posted 01.11.2012 | Healthy Living

May these creative and imaginative means of engaging with life and the mysteries it contains make you a more loving, compassionate, sensitive and insightful being.

American Culture: Arriving in America Can be Like Landing on Mars

Mariela Dabbah | Posted 11.28.2011 | Latino Voices
Mariela Dabbah

Inevitably, many things will remain a mystery regardless of how long I live in the U.S., and I'm grateful for that. The discovery of what makes a people unique is all part of the fun and complex process of different cultures coming together.

The Hegemony of Pop

The European Magazine | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
The European Magazine

While the U.S.'s cultural prominence is partially related to its political, military and economic power, such power is not the only cause of America's global cultural hegemony. Rather, the U.S. offers a unique convergence of several factors.

Beyond the Myth of 9/11: The Path of Self-Examination

James Block | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
James Block

September 11 was not only a trauma but, as with any crisis of identity, an opportunity for greater maturity. This would require serious reappraisal of the national project, beginning with the lure of self-mythology itself.