Official culture

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Official culture is the culture that receives social legitimation or institutional support in a given society.[1] Official culture is usually identified with bourgeoisie culture.[2] For revolutionary Guy Debord, official culture is a "rigged game", where conservative powers forbid subversive ideas to have direct access to the public discourse, and where such ideas are integrated only after being trivialized and sterilized.[3]

A widespread observation is that a great talent has a free spirit. For instance Pushkin, which some scholar regard as Russia's first great writer,[4] attracted the mad irritation of the Russian officialdom and particularly of the Tsar, since he

instead of being a good servant of the state in the rank and file of the administration and extolling conventional virtues in his vocational writings (if write he must), composed extremely arrogant and extremely independent and extremely wicked verse in which a dangerous freedom of thought was evident in the novelty of his versification, in the audacity of his sensual fancy, and in his propensity for making fun of major and minor tyrants."[4]

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  1. ^ Lewis (1992) p.31
  2. ^ Foster (1995) p.vii
  3. ^ Debord (1957) pp.2, 10
  4. ^ a b Vladimir Nabokov (1981) Lectures on Russian Literature, lecture on Russian Writers, Censors, and Readers, pp.13-4

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