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Publisher’s Note: As of January 1, 2018, Acculturated.com is no longer publishing new content.  Our archives will remain available. Thank you to all of our readers, who inspired us to think about the many ways pop culture matters.

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Should You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Like many adult Americans, I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. On the one hand, as a type-A “go-getter,” I’m drawn to the idea of jotting down a list of nearly-impossible tasks like “Lose 30 pounds,” “Never lose my temper,” or “Learn Mandarin,” and at least, you know, giving it the ol’ college try … Continued

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Social Justice Warriors Want Women to Ditch Their High Heels

First they came for the stilettos…. Just before Christmas the media were agog with an allegedly brand-new trend: women throwing away their high heels in the wake of the flurry of revelations of entertainment-industry sexual harassment. The idea wasn’t simply that women can run faster to escape from Hollywood predators if they’re wearing Allbirds Wool … Continued

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Is it Time for Conservatives to Reconsider the 1960s?

For several decades, conservatives have been tilting our lances at the 1960s. The decade of street protests, psychedelica, kooky environmentalism, Eastern religious experimentation and rock-and-roll is, in many conservatives’ view, the lodestar of all things bad. What did the sixties give us? Addiction, promiscuity, social justice warriors and New Age bunk. Many of these arguments … Continued

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Parents Should Start the New Year by Reassessing Their Kids’ Screen-Time

Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat, will be published January 8, 2018. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” That’s what Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, said recently about the social media giant. He explained: Facebook “literally changes your relationship … Continued

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Why Gratitude Makes Us Happier

Speaking to military families at a December 13th Toys for Tots event, First Lady Melania Trump expressed her hope that, “during this holiday season, people will remember it is not about gifts—it is about family, service, and gratitude.” Truth be told, it’s not always easy to feel gratitude this time of year. For many people, … Continued

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The Real Story of St. Nicholas and the True Meaning of Christmas

When I wandered into the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor recently, a special showing of Miracle on 34th Street dampened my Christmas spirit. I plopped down in one of the old theater’s restored Beaux Arts seats during the scene where Santa explains The True Meaning of Christmas to a Macy’s janitor. Santa launches into a … Continued

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Why Christmas Music is Good For Us

The song “All I Want for Christmas is You” is everywhere this time of year. It plays constantly on the radio, in stores and malls across the country, and no doubt serves as the soundtrack of the dreams (or nightmares) of those poor store workers who are forced to listen to it dozens of times … Continued

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What Happened to Traditional Christmas Cards?

‘Tis the season to sit down and get down to the business of holiday cards if you’re into that kind of thing, which I most assuredly am. Seeing how my friends on social media are dealing with it, though, has me thinking: Have people forgotten the point of these seasonal greetings? I know that we … Continued

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Applying to Graduate School Shouldn’t Cost a Fortune

I just spent $1,000 applying for graduate school. I applied to nine schools, and the cost of each application ranged between $50 and $105 with only one university’s application process costing nothing (I was so confused that the one application didn’t ask me for my credit card information that I contacted several people at the … Continued

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