Distortion of folk-culture and an Emanation of Popular Culture in Paul Beatty’s The WhiteBoy Shuffle and Slumberland
Literature and culture cannot be separated. It has embodied all that is valued by human experience. The tradition has distorted due to the interventions of cyber and techno culture. Popular culture is a transmission of information from ‘word of mouth’ tradition. Mass media has acted as the primary source of popular culture. This research article is focused on the emergence of popular culture and the distortion of folk tradition. The power of ‘popular culture’ over the masses and the deformities of postmodern culture are examined. The postmodernists have attempted to befog the distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture. The popular culture is portrayed as a challenge to the elites of high culture. It has also stood as a menace to the grace of folk culture.
The postmodern culture breaks the distinction between elite art and popular culture. The indigenous people follow certain dogmatic of rules and traditions as dictated by the ancestors. The folk culture gets spread out in their surroundings. The occurrences of cultural diversity due to the industrial revolution channelized the way for popular culture. The folk culture confines itself whereas the popular culture is in search of newness. The elite display the so called high culture. The folk culture is the culture of their environment. The conservatism is practiced by the indigenous lead to unprogressiveness in the society. The gratifications towards their own culture make their life pleasant. The originality of folk culture is lost while a few forms of folk tradition adopted by the pop culture. The lost tradition of folklore and folk music affect the indigenous emotionally. The Blues music is a form of African -Americans heritage. The Blues music exposes their ethnicity, folklore, folk music and the spirituality of them. Kokomo Arnold was a Blues musician of 19th century. DJ Darky expresses the serious treatment of art as music. He exposes the sense of belonging thus,
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