Editors and authors Rosen and Riley (Institute for American Values) compile essays by 23 US writers and journalists who examine what popular culture has to teach people about themselves and how society can reclaim popular culture for a discussion of concepts like virtue and character. They consider how reality TV, children’s and teen culture, Facebook, YouTube, video games, Lady Gaga, professional sports, blogs, cooking shows and celebrity chefs, and other pop culture forms teach people about how to behave and treat each other in relationships, including online dating and adultery, and how well those lessons are learned; how it reflects children’s experiences; how it has changed the way people spend their leisure time; and effects on self-improvement, such as in forgiveness and death and dying.

November 7, 2011