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In the February 1997 American Demographics article "The Emerging Culture", Paul H. Ray argues that one of the reasons that media in general and especially radio ignores so many Americans is that those who make the programming decisions are either ignorant of the desires and needs of them, or downright antagonistic. Those who make the programming decisions for the media that most Americans recieve are ignorant or antagonistic to the values and interests of those Americans classified by research as "Cultural Creatives."
"Despite their numbers , Cultural Creatives tend to believe that few people share their values. This is partly because their views are rarely represented in the mainstream media, which is mostly owned and operated according to the Modern world view. Little of what they read gives them any evidence of their huge numbers."
"It's not too far off to say that Moderns see the world through the same filters as Time magazine."
"A major change has been growing in American culture. It is a comprehensive
shift in values, world views, and ways of life. It appeals to nearly one-fourth
of American adults, or 44 million persons.
People who follow this new path are on the leading edge of several kinds of cultural change. They are interested in new kinds of products and services, and they often respond to advertising and marketing in unexpected ways.
This emerging group has been labeled Cultural Creatives by American LIVES of San Francisco. In numerous surveys and focus groups, we have seen that Americans live in three different worlds of meaning and valuing. Each world creates distinctive contexts for a wide array of consumer purchases, political convictions, and civic behavior. And within each world are class divisions that create different subgroups that share the same broader views.
The first world view is Traditionalism. It is the belief system for about 29 percent of Americans (56 million adults) who might also be called Heartlanders. In America, traditionalism often takes the form of country folks rebelling against big-city slickers. Heartlanders believe in a nostalgic image of small towns and strong churches that defines the Good Old American Ways. That image may owe as much to John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart movies as to any historical reality, but for them it is a powerful reminder of how things ought to be.
The second world view is Modernism. It holds sway over about 47 percent of Americans, or 88 million adults. Modernism emerged 450 years ago as the governing world view of the urban merchant classes and other creators of the modern economy. It defines modern politicians, military leaders, scientists, and intellectuals. Modernists place high value on personal success, consumerism, materialism, and technological rationality. It's not too far off to say that Moderns see the world through the same filters as Time magazine.
The third and newest world view goes beyond Modernism. Its current adherents are the Cultural Creatives, who claim 24 percent of U.S. adults (44 million). Trans-Modernism began with esoteric spiritual movements such as 19th-century American Transcendentalism. It gained strength as Western intellectuals discovered the diversity and coherence of other religions and philosophies. It caught fire in the 1960s, as millions of young people joined "movements" for human potential, civil rights, peace, jobs, social justice, ecology, and equal rights for women.
Conservative commentators often believe that each of the social movements listed above exists in isolation and is important only to a few. But from women's issues to environmentalism, the emblematic values of the 1960s are being embraced by more and more Americans. Few in the media recognize it, but these ideas are coalescing into a new and coherent world view. When Cultural Creatives look at Modernism, they see an antique system that is noisily shaking itself to pieces."
The majority of radio programming decisions are carried
out by Modernist oriented stockholder corporate beancounters, or by the
Heartlanders that populate the Christian Coalition etc. etc. The Modernists
and Heartlanders are either uninterested in serving the Cultural Creative
market, or outright hostile.
Patrick Buchanan was often referring to Cultural Creatives when he said that America was "in a cultural war."
Ironically, much of Buchanan's distaste for NAFTA and
GATT's corporate takeover of the world's resources finds a sympathetic
audience in Cultural Creatives.
Either way, there is little programming to cover the convergence of these cultures.
This is the source of the discomfort
with the condition of American Radio today.
(Notice that in most mainstream news stories about news and cultural content available on the Internet [especially discussions of audio content available on the Internet] WebActive.com is typically omitted from the discussion, as is www.pacifica.org and even npr.org!)
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