redefining culture


As I was trying to decide what kind of blog I wanted to create and what kind of content I wanted to put out, I researched and read many blogs as a way of brainstorming. I came across a list of the 100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites. On this particular list was a link to the popular website Elite Daily which bears the tagline  “The voice of Generation Y.” This website is hardly more than an elevated gossip column with stories about the Kardashian family, popular TV shows, and dating advice. Now maybe you enjoy being entertained by Kim’s onscreen meltdowns, reading about the blossoming selfie stick industry, or taking that quiz to find out which Leo DiCaprio character is your soulmate, and that is OK. (I, too, have had Buzzfeed quiz binge sessions.) However, I do not want the voice of my generation to be one of celebrity gossip and relationship “hacks.” In our world, there is much violence and corruption, but there is also a great amount of beauty and creativity. With all that is wrong in the world and with all the beauty that is longing to be created, why focus on celebrities, social media, or Hollywood? As a generation that is capable of making a tremendous impact on our world, I want to cultivate a blog that redefines  Generation Y’s understanding of culture. But before I go any further I thought I should define what I mean when I use the word “culture.”

1.Culture: the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. (The Oxford Dictionary)

Although a common mistake, this definition should never be confused with the term “pop culture.”

2. Pop Culture: Modern popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people.  (The Oxford Dictionary)

So while the first definition invokes mental images of Carnegie Hall, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, or Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the second definition is associated with Kim Kardashian memes, viral videos, or outrage over the new design of the Instagram logo. Through this blog I will explore the many facets of culture. And yes, by “culture” I mean the first definition. Some common topics that you can expect to find here at The Culture Columns are:

  • music
  • politics
  • literature
  • fashion
  • art

I want my readers to use The Culture Columns as a springboard for having those profound and often hard conversations with their friends, families, and coworkers. I want my readers to come to here to find book reviews, fashion inspiration, fresh perspectives on politics, insight into local culture, and candid conversations with interesting people. By creating The Culture Columns, I hope to inspire my peers to value the arts and to become educated on current events. But primarily, the  mission of The Culture Columns is to encourage Generation Y to redefine their understanding of culture and to create meaningful conversations with their peers.

(Disclaimer: Like I said in my past blog post, I have been a musician for most of my life. As a musician I have been constantly ingrained and indoctrinated in the importance of perfection. I used to spend 5+ hours a day in the practice room trying to perfect every note, every measure, every musical phrase, every piece. As I attempt to recover from this lifetime of self-inflicted perfectionism, I want this blog to be a place where I gain confidence in being less than perfect. So as I attempt to define the vision that I have for The Culture Columns, bear with me in my quest for imperfection.)


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