Always Lashing the Same Back

by Leonard Pierce

It continues to amaze me every day how completely and thoroughly we fail to understand our own culture.  It’s especially baffling considering that this country, really, only has pop culture going for it; having given up on the Supermanly troika of truth, justice, and the American Way, and having shipped all its manufacturing to places where the gap between wage slavery and plain old regular slavery isn’t quite as stark, the only things we make any more are wars and entertainment.  And yet we seem to have so little appreciation of both the way it’s made and the way it’s supposed to function, I’m left to conclude that constant immersion in popular culture no more makes you an expert on it than being a fish makes you an expert on water.

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