Wednesday, March 21, 2012
New York has long been considered the cultural capital of America. Is it still? If not, where?
New York is definitely one of the cultural capitals of the United States but not the only one - i do believe that culture is sustained within many cities and places throughout the county. I think the web and social media has expanded the concept of culture in that conversations about art, music, literature and the social context of people of all ages is discussed and played out in many forums. I don't think americans have to visit any particular city across the country to obtain "culture". Because of the web, we now have access to any book, newspaper, tv show, movie, music, visual art or theatrical presence we want to experience. Of course New York is a unique and powerful place in its energy, vitality and rich cultural and diverse ethnicities so it is a "first hand" experience rather than the somewhat secondary experiences of all that we can be exposed to on the web. I also believe that many cities across the country share many similarities to New York in terms of cultural experiences. The entire globe has been made smaller due to access of travel, as well as networking through social media, so that 'culture' itself can be determined and defined differently.