Popular culture and cultural diversity

The diversification of cultural practices and contents does not seem to have led to a concomitant democratisation of access to culture. On the contrary, reactions rejecting “cultivated culture” seem to have grown commoner among the popular classes, while popular culture is held at arm’s length by more educated social groups; though it has become more legitimate, even fashionable, to espouse eclectic cultural tastes, this masks a very real rejection of popular forms of culture.