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We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We do not go to bed in single pairs; even if we choose not to refer to them, we still drag there with us the cultural impedimenta of our social class, our parents lives, our bank balances, our sexual and emotional expectations, our whole biographies -- all the bits and pieces of our unique existences.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
By Modernism I mean the positive rejection of the past and the blind belief in the process of change, in novelty for its own sake, in the idea that progress through time equates with cultural progress; in the cult of individuality, originality and self-expression.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The personal appropriation of clichs is a condition for the spread of cultural tourism.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The fact that we are all trained to be mothers from infancy on means that we are all trained to devote our lives to men, whether they are our sons or not; that we are all trained to force other women to exemplify the lack of qualities which characterizes the cultural construct of femininity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Given the cultural barriers to intersex conversation, the amazing thing is that we would even expect women and men to have anything to say to each other for more than ten minutes at a stretch. The barriers are ancient -- perhaps rooted, as some paleontologist may soon discover, in the contrast between the occasional guttural utterances exchanged in male hunting bands and the extended discussions characteristic of female food-gathering groups.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The mythology of science asserts that with many different scientists all asking their own questions and evaluating the answers independently, whatever personal bias creeps into their individual answers is cancelled out when the large picture is put together. This might conceivably be so if scientists were women and men from all sorts of different cultural and social backgrounds who came to science with very different ideologies and interests. But since, in fact, they have been predominantly university-trained white males from privileged social backgrounds, the bias has been narrow and the product often reveals more about the investigator than about the subject being researched.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But look what we have built low-income projects that become worse centers of delinquency, vandalism and general social hopelessness than the slums they were supposed to replace. Cultural centers that are unable to support a good bookstore. Civic centers that are avoided by everyone but bums. Promenades that go from no place to nowhere and have no promenaders. Expressways that eviscerate great cities. This is not the rebuilding of cities. This is the sacking of cities.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A society that has made nostalgia a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The great mass of women throughout history have been confined to the cultural level of animal life in providing the male with sexual outlet and exercising the animal functions of reproduction and care of the young.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Commercial jazz, soap opera, pulp fiction, comic strips, the movies set the images, mannerisms, standards, and aims of the urban masses. In one way or another, everyone is equal before these cultural machines; like technology itself, the mass media are nearly universal in their incidence and appeal. They are a kind of common denominator, a kind of scheme for pre-scheduled, mass emotions.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The primary function of myth is to validate an existing social order. Myth enshrines conservative social values, raising tradition on a pedestal. It expresses and confirms, rather than explains or questions, the sources of cultural attitudes and values. Because myth anchors the present in the past it is a sociological charter for a future society which is an exact replica of the present one.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Science is intimately integrated with the whole social structure and cultural tradition. They mutually support one other -- only in certain types of society can science flourish, and conversely without a continuous and healthy development and application of science such a society cannot function properly.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If anything characterizes the cultural life of the seventies in America, it is an insistence on preventing failures of communication.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Since the 1960s, we have seen the failure of the melting pot ideology. This ideology suggested that different historical, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds could be subordinated to a larger ideology or social amalgam which is America. This concept obviously did not work, because paradoxically America encourages a politics of contestation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
American energy is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism and acquisitiveness. Into hectic philanthropy. Into benighted moral crusades, the most spectacular of which was Prohibition. Into an awesome talent for uglifying countryside and cities. Into the loquacity and torment of a minority of gadflies: artists, prophets, muckrakers, cranks, and nuts. And into self-punishing neuroses. But the naked violence keeps breaking through, throwing everything into question.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The violent illiteracies of the graffiti, the clenched silence of the adolescent, the nonsense cries from the stage-happening, are resolutely strategic. The insurgent and the freak-out have broken off discourse with a cultural system which they despise as a cruel, antiquated fraud. They will not bandy words with it. Accept, even momentarily, the conventions of literate linguistic exchange, and you are caught in the net of the old values, of the grammars that can condescend or enslave.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The Chinese pianist Liu Chi Kung was imprisoned for seven years during the Cultural Revolution, during which time he had no access to a piano. When he returned to giving concerts again after he was released, his playing was better than ever. Asked how this was possible since he had not practice for seven years, he replied: I did practice, every day. I rehearsed every piece I had ever played, note by note, in my mind.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
This celebration means a lot to me because I owe all in my life to the cultural heritage I came from, specifically Cuban American but also Hispanic American. What gets you through the daily struggle of pursuing that dream is rooted in cultural heritage.More [04/07/2006 12:04:00]
It's hard to make a cultural phenomenon every time.More [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
“Creating a cultural icon out of someone who goes, 'I'm stupid, isn't it cute?' makes me want to throw daggers. I want to say to them, 'My grandma did not fight for what she fought for just so you can start telling women it's fun to be stupid. Saying that to young women, little girls, my daughter? It's not OK'.”More [09/15/2006 12:09:00]
“He's been part of the cultural universe of this country since the war, and that's 60 years,”More [12/29/2006 12:12:00]
Concierge: Thank you, Madame, for that fascinating lesson in our cultural differences.More [11/28/2007 12:11:00]
Asian films are surging right now. TIFF, one of the biggest film festivals in Asia, will further vitalize Asian films and promote cultural exchanges between [Asian filmmakers and their counterparts] in other parts of the world.More [12/09/2007 12:12:00]
That was my real education in the world - I learned politics, the social and cultural life of India, Hindu tradition and religion, and Buddhism.More [02/18/2008 12:02:00]
Malcolm was a firm believer in the value and importance of our heritage. He believed that we have valuable and distinct cultural traditions which need to be institutionalized so that they can be passed on to our heirs.More [03/23/2008 12:03:00]
Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?More [05/20/2008 12:05:00]
Crabbin:
[inviting Holly Martins to give a lecture at the local Cultural Reeducation Society] We do a little show each week. Last week we had "Hamlet." The week before we had... something.



Sgt. Paine:
The striptease, sir.



Crabbin:
Yes, the Hindu dancers. Thank you, sergeant.

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Pendlebury:
I propagate British cultural depravity.

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Bernard Kalman:
[haughtily, in a loin cloth at a New York rooftop party] You liked my novel? I was surprised when it sold. I didn't write it for that. Anyway, I've been elected head of this new cultural committee. I flew to Washington last week. I didn't want to go, God knows... but the position has given me a sense of freedom. I can, at last, approach the President and say, point blank..."How 'bout a little nukie?" I will have performed a valuable service for this troubled nation. Shall we dance, madame?

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Alvy Singer:
I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.

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Allison:
I'm in the midst of doing my thesis.



Alvy Singer:
On what?



Allison:
Political commitment in twentieth century literature.



Alvy Singer:
You, you, you're like New York, Jewish, left-wing, liberal, intellectual, Central Park West, Brandeis University, the socialist summer camps and the, the father with the Ben Shahn drawings, right, and the really, y'know, strike-oriented kind of, red diaper, stop me before I make a complete imbecile of myself.



Allison:
No, that was wonderful. I love being reduced to a cultural stereotype.



Alvy Singer:
Right, I'm a bigot, I know, but for the left.

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Stanley J. Krammerhead:
Listen, looking at it very simply musicology and ethnically, the Rutles were essentially imperical malengistes of a rhythmically radical yet verbally passé and temporally transcended lyrically content welded with historically innovative melodical material transposed and transmogrified by the angst of the Rutland ethic experience which elevated them from essentially alpha exponents of in essence merely beta potential harmonic material into the prime cultural exponents of Aeolian cadencic comic stanza form

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Carl Sagan:
Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next, to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements, city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love. We have now organized what are modestly described as super-powers, which include groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds working in some sense together - surely a humanizing and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth. Many of those who run the nations will find this idea unpleasant. They will fear the loss of power. We will hear much about treason and disloyalty. Rich nation-states will have to share their wealth with poor ones. But the choice, as H. G. Wells once said in a different context, is clearly the universe or nothing.

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Louis Winthorpe III:
Nenge? Nenge Mboko? It is me, Lionel Joseph!



Billy Ray Valentine:
Lionel! From the African Education Conference!



Louis Winthorpe III:
Yah, mon, I was Director of Cultural Activities at the Haile Selassie Pavilion.



Billy Ray Valentine:
I remember the pavilion - we had big fun there!



Both:
Boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, hah! Boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, hah!



Billy Ray Valentine:
Oh, memories!

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Tina Vitale:
[lost in New Jersey] Hey, wait a minute! I know where we are. These are the flatlands. My husband's friends used to dump bodies here.



Danny Rose:
Great. I'm sure you can show me all the points of cultural interest.

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Julia:
I guess I'm excited about seeing Mother again, visiting a totally new country. Of course, seeing Japan with Mother will be seeing the real Japan.



Suzanne:
Julia, I am just here to visit Mother and pick up a car. I do not want to have any cultural experiences. As for seeing the "real" Japan, I've noticed that whenever people start talking about seeing the "real" anything, what they're talking about, basically, is hanging around with poor people. Now, I say I don't hang around with poor people at home, why should I do it on vacation?

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Dr. Kurtz:
There's your sacrifice. If you wish to become a piranha woman you must first take his body, and then his life. What is your decision?



Dr. Margo Hunt:
I refuse to kill another human being in cold blood. However, in deference to your cultural traditions, I would be willing to have sex with him.



Dr. Kurtz:
Forget it! You want your cake, you'll have to eat it.

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Will:
Uncle Phil, all I'm saying is what's the difference between what I'm wearing now and you with a dashiki and an Afro back in the '60s?



Philip:
But I was making a cultural statement. You're just drawing attention to yourself.



Will:
Now... correct me if I'm wrong, but you think that a six-foot, 250-pound black dude in a dashiki and an Afro the size of West Philly isn't drawing attention to himself?

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Sara:
What did you have in mind?



Harris:
Well, I was thinking of taking you on a cultural tour of L.A.



Sara:
That's the first fifteen minutes, then what?



Harris:
All right, a cynic. First stop is six blocks from here.



Sara:
Why don't we walk?



Harris:
Walk? A walk in L.A.?

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Hank Kingsley:
Can I ask you a question, can I? How would...



Larry:
You're not going to go and come back, are you?



Hank Kingsley:
How would you feel if I started dating Beverley?



Larry:
I'd say it was your business, your life.



Hank Kingsley:
Well I'm not into interracial dating, it never works - sex is good but in the mornign cultural differences start to raise their ugly heads.



Larry:
I believe the cultural differences would occur with you and any woman Hank.

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Mr. Cleary:
The cultural environment in which one lives ought to be as important as the air he breathes... the food he eats.

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Duke Phillips:
Well, like most of America's cultural elite, I worship Pan, goat god.

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Albert:
You're obviously not a cultural whatever-it-is. You've never been to a museum, and you eat like a pig.



Armand:
Albert, these people are right-wing conservatives. They don't care if you're a pig, they just care if you're a fag!

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Stevo:
Wait, time out. I just wanted to ask real quick, if I can. You believe in rebellion, freedom and love, right?



Mom:
Absolutely, yes.



Dad:
Rebellion, freedom, love.



Stevo:
You two are divorced. So love failed. Two: Mom, your a New Ager, clinging to every scrap of Eastern religion that may justify why the above said love failed. Three: Dad, you're a slick, corporate, preppy-ass lawyer. I don't really have to say anything else about you do I dad? Four: You move from New York City, the Mecca and hub of the cultural world to Utah! Nowhere! To change nothing! More to perpetuate this cycle of greed, fascism and triviality. Your movement of the people, by and for the people got you... nothing! You just hide behind some lost sense of drugs, sex and rock and roll. Ooooh, Kumbaya! I am the future! I am the future of this great nation which you, father, so arrogantly saved this world for. Look, I have my own agenda. Harvard, out. University of Utah, in. I'm gonna get a 4.0 in damage. I love you guys! Don't get me wrong, it's all about this. But for the first time in my life, I'm 18 and I can say "FUUUUUCK YOU!"



Dad:
Steven, I didn't sell out son. I bought in. Keep that in mind. That kid's gonna make a hell of a lawyer, huh?



Mom:
Yeah, he takes after his father. He's a son of a bitch.



Dad:
Well fuck you dear.

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[the audience cheered and applause]



Lois Griffin:
Oh my god, they liked it?


[the audience throws Peter flowers]



Lois Griffin:
Stop it! Stop clapping right now!


[the audience stopped cheering and applause]



Lois Griffin:
What's wrong with you? These people shouldn't be encouraged, they should be punished! That man has committed murder here this evening, and the victim's name is theater. This is the kind of mind-numbing shlock that's turning our society into a cultural wasteland. This isn't art, this isn't even entertainment. This... blows!


[the audience faced on Peter]



Peter Griffin:
Um...


[starts to fart long]



Peter Griffin:
[the audience laughs and gives him cheering and applause]



Lois Griffin:
See, this is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about.

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[as black cultural leaders begin to fall prey to The Man's plan]



The Chief:
Jay-Z to cover Lawrence Welk's greatest hits? John Singleton to remake "Driving Miss Daisy"? Terry McMillan - "How Stella got her White Man Back"? Double damn it! Black people all over the world are losin' their damn minds!

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Robert Doniger:
Yeah, yeah, look. We need cultural experts, not scientists. My people simply don't know about the medieval world, or how to mingle with the locals, which is what we're gonna have to do, if we're going to find the professor and bring him back.



Marek:
So that's it? We just step on that machine and wiz back to 1357?

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People who bowl vote. Bowlers are not the cultural elite.More [07/09/2011 05:07:36]
The real problems are cultural. The problems of the people who take drugs as a cultural trap - I think there's a real problem there, the crack stuff, the hopelessness of the junkie. The urban angst.More [07/10/2011 06:07:28]
More and more, cultural groups are cross-pollinating, and we're getting much more interesting art as a result.More [07/13/2011 03:07:35]
Quality is timeless: It will clearly define itself. And so I make reference to and acknowledge things that I feel have been dismissed, trying to restate those musical and cultural elements clearly and vehemently.More [07/15/2011 11:07:52]
There are cultural issues everywhere - in Bangladesh, Latin America, Africa, wherever you go. But somehow when we talk about cultural differences, we magnify those differences.More [07/16/2011 12:07:32]
There is a cultural factor promoting violence which nowadays undoubtedly is highly effective is the mass media. And particularly everything that enters our minds through pictorial media.More [07/25/2011 09:07:05]
I'd like to think that the notion of inspiration will transcend cultural things that are going on. There's something classic about this movie that I'm hoping reaches kids.More [07/26/2011 04:07:50]
At the risk of sounding hopelessly romantic, love is the key element. I really love to play with different musicians who come from different cultural backgrounds.More [07/28/2011 02:07:12]
Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition.More [07/28/2011 02:07:50]
Like Venice, Italy, New Orleans is a cultural treasure. And everyone who lived in the city should be allowed to come back. But that doesn't mean that they all should live in exactly the same spot that they lived before.More [07/28/2011 02:07:43]

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