Quod Sic Faceunt Omnes. (Because Everyone does it.)
I have begun this particular blog for three reasons.
1. Recently, I attended the Annie Leibovitz and Ansel Adams photography exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art with my good friend Claven. While at the exhibit, I watched countless people usher each other around to look at the most well known or recognized works in a rush to "see it all." One person even muttered, "I've got my damned culture now." That statement made me wonder, why is there so much weight put on this particular word or concept by certain people? I know that I put weight on the word even as I am mocking it. Why?
2. Two undergraduate students professed interest in reading what they identified as a 'Culture Blog'--something that focused on literature and perhaps a bit of history. I like the idea that people can learn and engage with this so called 'culture' and each other through this particular medium.
3. As I was on a train traveling between Washington, DC and Baltimore, I heard a boy (around 10 or 11 years old) ask his cousin the following question: "Is the culture in Alabama different than it is here?" His cousin, a similarly aged girl, asked the fundamental question that I think I'd like to spend a while thinking about: "What exactly do you mean by that?"
I would like this to be a blog where I get to reengage my atrophying brain and get you smart readers to write something and engage with me, because I cannot do this alone. Frankly, I got tired of myself and want to think about something else.
So, I begin with a question.
Can you define culture? Is it even something that you'd want to define? If so, how?
And if not, why not?