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    Posted: 29 Mar 2014 at 02:31
The word "culture" as used in a social sense, has a completely different meaning in the anthropological context.
 
European "social" culture revolved around using correct speech, good manners and the social graces.
 
If one now looks at modern western society, the word "culture" hardly seems appropriate. The use of "proper language" is a dying, if not dead art, good manners and the younger generation never occur in the same sentence, and social graces are, basically, unknown.
 
What's cultured about wearing hats backwards, using cryptic hand signals to align oneself with murderous gangs, trousers around the knees, sitting on public transport while women and the elderly stand?
 
There's nothing cultured about todays western generational culture.
 
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Few people who gangs up with murderers, drugg peddlers should not be the measure to understand modern thought processes or cultures.  Even today we see majority of people who are cultured and reflects on their upbringings.. which is a culture by itself.
 
if you are talking of morale it is ever change factor and it changes with time. What is a taboo today can be the fashion statement in the future.
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"Cats and Dogs sleeping together!"
Whenever you do a rant about how things are going to hell in a handbasket, don't forget
to mention, "Cats and Dogs sleeping together!"

Look at Juvenal's Satires to see how a previous generation looked up their contemporary culture and its decline.  Things are pretty good here today.  But that does mean that people feel like they can ignore the basics like common courtesy.  They are little more distant from the consequences of their actions.  If a kid had to borrow the shop owner's phone to call his mother if he needed to call, well then maybe he would not have been such a rude little brat.  
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The anthropological coinage of the term culture does not change just because the culture itself has changed.  I'd expect someone with a bit of "culture" to understand but I guess not.
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In some ways culture itself has declined as there is little emphasis on a "broad" education.  Skill and knowledge in history, language and writing have noticeably declined in the college educated.  Technology largely compensates for this by making almost all "knowledge" available on your cell phone and a spell check and grammar check is just a tap away.

The debate over the effects of more specialized education will not end soon and the question of whether people are "smarter" today or not is not really possible to answer.  What can't be argued is that the less you know about culture the less "cultured" you are.  Again however technology in the form of mass media has made people more aware of multiple cultured than ever before.  The question is if knowing about facebook, phone apps, quantum entanglement and DNA makes you better able to make reasoned decisions than knowing greek, latin and who Vespasian was?

    
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The highs are lower, but the lows are higher.  Or Taylor Swift is doing great, but the symphony orchestra is having some financial difficulties.  More people can read, but the level at which "readers" are reading, is lower.  People "love" science (in the abstract), but in its particulars they're not going out for scientific or engineering degrees, at least not in the US.
I believe it was Jose Ortega Y Gasset who made the point about the highs lower, lows higher in _Revolt_ of_the_Masses_, c. 1920s or 30s.
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