Culture

“A culture is made - or destroyed - by its articulate voices.”

~Ayn Rand (Novelist)

Culture, in a broad sense is human behaviour and its material products. It is learned and created through behaviour and symbols, which give meaning to the world around us. Culture is constructed, learned and created through symbols that transmit meaning. It is fluid and adaptive and therefore there is always potential for change.

In this section we offer materials that evaluate and critique current cultural trends and also those that advocate for cultural shifts. Of particular interest in this section are those books and journals that ‘map’ the need to change track, observing that the present path that we are on is neither sustainable nor viable nor is it desirable. Strong community is vital as it encourages sharing tasks, ideas, resources and experiences. Current social trends see us living in an atomized society; there is seldom a relationship between consumers and producers, and neighbourhoods exist where people are strangers. Sharing is essential and building community and a strong culture of cooperation is how we can achieve this. Our situation is not simple and is filled with possibilities and paradox, thereby making this a “list of resources in progress.”

This section will include resources on organizing local festivals, community celebrations, and promoting and supporting local artisans, musicians, and performers in the community.

Books

The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan
Bakan, Joel. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. Toronto: Viking Canada (Penguin Group).

The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life by Richard Florida
Florida, Richard. 2002. The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life. New York, NY: Basic Books.

The Great U-Turn: De-industrializing Society by Edward Goldsmith
Goldsmith, Edward. 1988. The Great U-Turn: De-industrializing Society. Hartland, UK: Green Books.

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies by Naomi Klein
Klein, Naomi. 2000. No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Toronto: Vintage Canada.

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
Postman, Neil.1985. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Penguin Books.

Toxic Sludge is Good For You by Sheldon Rampton & John Stauber
Rampton, Sheldon and John Stauber. 1995. Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry. Monroe: Common Courage Press.

Trust Us, We’re Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future by Sheldon Rampton & John Stauber
Rampton, Sheldon and John Stauber. 2001. Trust Us, We’re Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc.

The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World by Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson
Ray, Paul H. and Sherry Ruth Anderson. 2001. The Cultural Creatives : How 50 Million People Are Changing the World. New York: Harmony Books.
www.culturalcreatives.org

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
Schlosser, Eric. 2001. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. (www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com)

Graceful Simplicity: The Philosophy and Politics of the Alternative American Dream by Jerome M. Segal
Segal, Jerome M. Graceful Simplicity: The Philosophy and Politics of the Alternative American Dream. 1999. London: University of California Press.

Websites

The creative class - A website exporing and supplementing the book by Richard Florida
www.creativeclass.org

ZenzibarA directory of alternative culture websites
www.zenzibar.com

Broken Pencil - The online home for the magazine of zine culture and alternative arts
www.brokenpencil.com


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