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This article discusses the "culture" of the United States; for customs and way of life, see Culture of the United States. American culture is a Western culture, with influences from Europe, Canada, the Native American peoples, African Americans and young groups of immigrants. ...


The development of the arts and entertainment in the United Statesmusic, movies, dance, architecture, literature, poetry and the visual arts—has been marked by a tension between two strong sources of inspiration: European sophistication and domestic originality. Frequently, the best American artists have managed to harness both sources. The United States is home to a wide array of regional styles and scenes. ... The cinema of the United States, sometimes simply called—correctly or not—Hollywood, can perhaps be summed up by the title American film critic Pauline Kael gave a 1968 collection of her reviews: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. ... Closely related to the development of American music in the early 20th century was the emergence of a new, and distinctively American, art form -- modern dance. ... The United States has a history of architecture that includes a wide variety of styles. ... This topic is considered to be an essential subject on Wikipedia. ... The poetry of the United States began as a literary art during the colonial era. ... The Rocky Mountains, Landers Peak, 1863 by Albert Bierstadt, one of the Hudson River School painters Visual arts of the United States refers to the history of painting and visual art in the United States. ...


American culture has a large influence on the rest of the world, especially the Western world. American music is heard all over the world, and American movies and television shows can be seen almost anywhere. This is in stark contrast to the early days of the American republic, when the country was generally seen as an agricultural backwater with little to offer the culturally advanced world centers of Asia and Europe. Nearing the end of its third century, nearly every major American city offers classical and popular music; historical, scientific and art research centers and museums; dance performances, musicals and plays; outdoor art projects and internationally significant architecture. This development is a result of both contributions by private philanthropists and government funding. American culture is a Western culture, with influences from Europe, Canada, the Native American peoples, African Americans and young groups of immigrants. ... // Alabama Bessemer Hall of History - Bessemer, Alabama Birmingham Museum of Art - Birmingham, Alabama Southern Museum of Flight - Birmingham, Alabama Iron & Steel Musueum of Alabama - McCalla, Alabama Alaska Alaska State Troopers Museum - Anchorage, Alaska Anchorage Museum of History and Art - Anchorage, Alaska Imaginarium - Anchorage, Alaska Inupiat Heritage Center - Barrow, Alaska Isabel...


American culture also exhibits a tendency to hybridize pop culture and so-called high culture, and generally questions normative standards for artistic output. This is likely an effect of the country's egalitarian tradition, and the nation's history of constitutionally protected freedom of speech and expression, as enshrined in the First Amendment. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Egalitarianism is the moral doctrine that equality ought to prevail among some group along some dimension. ... The first ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. ...

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American Popular Culture

American popular culture has expressed itself through nearly every medium, including movies, music and sports. Mickey Mouse, Barbie, Madonna, Babe Ruth, screwball comedy, G.I. Joe, jazz, the blues, The Simpsons,, Michael Jackson, Gone with the Wind, Britney Spears, Michael Jordan, Indiana Jones, Sesame Street, Catch-22—these names, genres, and phrases have joined more tangible American products in spreading across the globe. Popular culture, or pop culture, (literally: the culture of the people) consists of the cultural elements that prevail (at least numerically) in any given society, mainly using the more popular media, in that societys vernacular language and/or an established lingua franca. ... Michael Mickey Mouse is a comic animal cartoon character who has become a symbol for The Walt Disney Company. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is becoming very long. ... George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... The screwball comedy has proven to be one of the most elusive of the film genres. ... Classic G.I. Joe Adventure Team Image, circa 1973 G.I. Joe is an American cartoon soldier. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory and marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental musical form which evolved from African American spirituals, shouts, work songs and chants and has its earliest stylistic roots in West Africa. ... The Simpsons is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Network, becoming one of the first hits for the network, and is one of the most successful television shows ever produced. ... For other people named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning American pop singer, dancer, occasional songwriter and actress, and author. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones Dr. Henry Indiana Jones, Jr. ... Sesame Street is an educational American childrens television series designed for preschoolers, and is recognized as a pioneer of the contemporary standard which combines education and entertainment in childrens television shows. ... Catch 22 can refer to: A book by Joseph Heller, or the movie based on the book; see Catch-22. ...


It is worth noting, that while America tends to be a net exporter of culture, it absorbs many other cultural traditions with relative ease, for example: origami, soccer, anime, dreamcatchers, and yoga. The traditional crane and papers of the same size used to fold it A paper Pegasus designed by F. Kawahata Origami (Japanese: 折り紙 ori, to fold, and kami, paper folding paper) is the art of paper folding. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Speigel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) Anime ) (IPA pronunciation: in Japanese, but typically or in English) is an abbreviation of the English word animation but in Japanese is spelled アニメーション (animÄ“shon, pronounced... Dreamcatcher may refer to: a Native American cultural object Dreamcatcher Interactive, a video game publisher a novel by Stephen King the movie based on the Stephen King novel an album by the group Secret Garden This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might... It has been suggested that Urban yoga be merged into this article or section. ...


It can be argued that this ability to easily absorb parts of other cultures and other languages is its greatest strength and helps American culture and language spread. Americans in general do not worry about protecting their "indigenous culture" (see below) but instead eagerly create and adopt new things and then change or modify to make them their own.


Exportation of Popular Culture

The United States is an enormous exporter of entertainment, especially television, movies and music. This readily consumable form of culture is widely and cheaply dispersed for entertainment consumers worldwide. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Recreation. ... The cinema of the United States, sometimes simply called—correctly or not—Hollywood, can perhaps be summed up by the title American film critic Pauline Kael gave a 1968 collection of her reviews: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. ... The United States is home to a wide array of regional styles and scenes. ...


For better or worse, many nations now have two cultures: an indigenous one and globalized/American popular culture. That said, what one society considers entertainment is not necessarily reflective of the "true culture" of its people. More popular syndicated programs cost more, so overseas entertainment purchasers often choose older programs that reflect various, and dated, stages of United States cultural development. Pop culture also tends to neglect the more mundane and/or complex elements of human life.


See also

Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... America 24/7 was a book published by DK in 2003 about culture and life in the United States. ...

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The development of the arts and entertainment in the United States—music, movies, dance, architecture, literature, poetry and the visual arts—has been marked by a tension between two strong sources of inspiration: European sophistication and domestic originality.
The United States is an enormous exporter of entertainment, especially television, movies and music.
That said, what one society considers entertainment is not necessarily reflective of the "true culture" of its people.
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