CULTURE: An Owner's Manual

CULTURE: An Owner's Manual

CULTURE: An Owner's Manual is a newsletter covering pop culture and the hidden mechanics behind it from W. David Marx — author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style and an upcoming book from Viking on status and culture.

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May
26

Future Sounds: Cheap Gear and Easy Samples

Does the democratization of electronic music tools change how we hear the sounds? Like many others in the late 1990s,
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May
11

Art versus commerce in the NFT Era

With no more "art for art's sake" nor "selling out," we have landed upon a new resolution in the long
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Apr
28

Notes on The Nineties

Thoughts on Chuck Klosterman's The Nineties: A Book and the lived experience of the Nineties, a particular decade I. Remembering
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Apr
01

What is Culture? Part Seven: Summary and Bibliography

Wrapping everything up, with a few clarifications and some suggestions for further readingWe started with a near-impossible mission: Define the
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Mar
15

What is Culture? Part Six: Defining cultural phenomena

If everything in culture is made of conventions, we should be able to explain all cultural phenomena in terms of
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Mar
11

What is Culture? Part Five: A web of meanings and values

Conventions explain why we follow the same regular behaviors in our community, but they also explain how groups agree on
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Mar
08

What is Culture? Part Four: Conventions

If culture describes the arbitrary aspects of life, conventions explain why communities repeatedly make the same arbitrary choices over so
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Mar
03

What is Culture? Part Three: Arbitrariness

In the third part of a seven-part limited series, we look at how arbitrary choices are at the core of
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Mar
01

What is Culture? Part Two: Components and Commonalities

In the second part of a seven-part limited series, we search for the common components underlying the various definitions of
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Feb
22

What is Culture? Part One: The Word

In the first part of a seven-part limited series, we examine the four main ways we use "culture," which may
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