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

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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


  • Lisa A. Lewis (1992) The Adoring audience: fan culture and popular media. Published by Routledge, 1992 ISBN 0-415-07821-0, ISBN 978-0-415-07821-4, 245 pages.
  • Guy Debord (1957) Report on the Construction of Situations. Paris.
  • Hal Foster Postmodern Culture By. Pluto Press. ISBN 0-7453-0003-0, ISBN 978-0-7453-0003-0