Acculturated: 23 Savvy Writers Find Hidden Virtue in Reality Tv, Chic Lit, Video Games, and Other Pillars of Pop Culture (First Edition, 1)

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About the Author

CHRISTINE ROSEN is senior editor of The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology & Society, where she writes about the social impact of technology, bioethics, and the history of genetics. She is the author of Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement and My Fundamentalist Education. Since 1999, Mrs. Rosen has also been an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Her essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, the Washington Post, the American Historical Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Wilson Quarterly, and Policy Review.

Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute focusing on issues regarding child welfare and a senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. Her writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and the Atlantic.

Contributors include Judy Bachrach, Megan Basham, Mark Bauerlein, Pia Catton, Chuck Colson, Paul Corrigan, Caitlin Flanagan, Meghan Cox Gurdon, Margo Howard, Kay S. Hymowitz, Jonathan V. Last, Herb London, Stacy London, Rob Long, Megan McArdle, Wilfred M. McClay, Caitrin Nicol, Joe Queenan, Emily Esfahani Smith, Brad Walsh, and Tony Woodlief.


"Acculturated consists of essays in the best sense of the term--always readable and concise, often witty and entertaining, providing unconventional takes on their subjects and illuminating them with flashes of genuine insight. Covering a remarkable range of topics in contemporary pop culture, the essays offer a composite portrait of America today--with all its sublimities and absurdities. The authors may be critical of pop culture, but unlike many academics, they show that they are familiar with and have a feel for the phenomena in which they write." --Paul A. Cantor, author of Gilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization

"Sizing up and taking down the things we read, watch, and play, this all-star team of analysts provides a series of delights and surprises that will make you ponder the deep structures that inform our lives, even when we think we're off-duty. As one essay puts it, 'Style matters.' Yes, and so does fun. --Kyle Smith, movie critic, New York Post

"Acculturated is a collection of brief, sharp-eyed, complex--and in the best sense of that sadly overused and abused term, entertaining--accounts of present-day American sensibilities and daily lives. It could have been titled The Way We Live Now, and no one in the country will not experience the comfort of finding his habits and attitudes reflected in at least some, if not every last, of its pages." --Midge Decter, author of An Old Wife's Tale

"Any college-level collection strong in the cultural analysis will consider this a lively, insightful survey.​" --California Bookwatch

"Editors and authors Rosen and Riley compile 23 US writers and journalists' essays examining what popular culture teaches people about themselves and how society can reclaim popular culture to discuss concepts like virtue and character. They consider how reality TV, children's and teen culture, Facebook, YouTube, video games, Lady Gaga, professional sports, blogs, cooking shows, celebrity chefs, and other pop culture forms teach people about how to behave and treat each other in relationships, including online dating and adultery, and how well those lessons are learned; how it reflects children's experiences; how it has changed the way people spend their leisure time; and effects on self-improvement, such as in forgiveness and death and dying." --Book News, Inc

"Editors and authors Rosen and Riley compile essays by 23 US writers and journalists who examine what popular culture has to teach people about themselves and how society can reclaim popular culture to discuss concepts like virtue and character." --SciTech Book News