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What’s The Difference Between History and The Past?
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What’s The Difference Between History and The Past?

Here’s an idea– history doesn’t exist– until we create it. So, what’s the difference between this– “The American Pageant– a History of the American People,” 16th edition, written by David M. Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen, published by Cengage Learning, and

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A History of Pizza in 8 Slices!
Does Pop Culture Need To Be “Popular”? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios
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Does Pop Culture Need To Be “Popular”? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea, popular culture isn’t made up solely of stuff that’s popular. My sense has always been that popularity in culture is simultaneously referring to three things. One, something that a huge number of people like. Two, something that

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Are Memes & Internet Culture Creating a Singularity? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios
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Are Memes & Internet Culture Creating a Singularity? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea. Internet culture has brought about the singularity. [THEME MUSIC] Recently we’ve been able to witness two major cultural events– the 2012 Olympics and the landing of the “Curiosity” on Mars. And aside from being totally awesome and

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The Epic of Gilgamesh: Crash Course World Mythology #26
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The Epic of Gilgamesh: Crash Course World Mythology #26

Hi, I’m Mike Rugnetta this is Crashcourse Mythology and today we’re returning to one of the world’s favorite texts, The Epic of Gilgamesh! This is one of the oldest written stories in the world. And it’s a great illustration of

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A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture
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A Defense of Overthinking Pop Culture

Here’s an idea. Popular culture is an abstract location where values are secured and challenged. ICYMI, in these final three episodes, we’re talking about the principles that have guided Idea Channel. This is the second of those episodes, meaning that

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Pantheons of the Ancient Mediterranean: Crash Course World Mythology #7
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Pantheons of the Ancient Mediterranean: Crash Course World Mythology #7

哈囉!我是麥克‧如格內塔。歡迎收看《神話速成班》。 今天我們要來討論「眾神」。 「眾神」指的是神的家族。這些家族非常非常複雜。 是真的很複雜。 一整堆阿公阿嬷、老爸老媽、伯父叔叔、阿姨嬸嬸、姪兒外甥… 還有強姦凡人女人所生的小孩…等等。 一打堆狗屁倒灶亂倫通姦…簡直罄竹難書。 他們的宴席很豐富,但你能想像跟他們吃年夜飯的場景嗎? 好比說圖特,你是怎麼跟老婆小三劈腿然後把自己給生出來的? 會不會太尷尬了一點? 〈速成班主題曲〉 《神話速成班》 我們要來討論的眾神,都是從多神教的文化裡的神族。 也就是說,他們不只崇拜獨一無二的神。 大部分的神話傳說中,神都有不死之身。 根據大衛‧李明的說法:「神話作者夢想著克服現實中 無法避免的死亡與物質崩解。於是將他們的夢化生為人形,成了眾神。」 好吧… 我們很快的就黑化了。 在創世神話與其他神話中,眾神代表著維持生命的創造之力。 許多神話中,眾神是「諸多自然力與人性的化身。」 指的是太陽、北風、焦急、愛情等。 大衛‧李明認為眾神能幫助解釋世界形成的來由與原因, 也能揭開許多文化的面紗。 李明認為:「眾神的概念都有其存在的意義和目的性。 他們是人類用來解答自身存在、以及終極原因的寓言。 解讀『眾神』就是在解讀一個文化對於自身的認識,以及其對宇宙現象的理解。」 但是「眾神」解釋的了裸鼴鼠的意義嗎? 讓我們繼續看下去。 如果你以為我會從希臘眾神開始的話,哈哈… 騙你的! 圖特!來個 High Five! 但是我們也不會從埃及眾神開始。 歹勢。 我們會先從有文字紀錄以來最古老的眾神: 美索不達米亞的古蘇美神話眾神。 蘇美眾神代表著對於古代美索不達米亞人最重要的自然力量。 蘇美眾神的神真的很多,所以打起精神仔細聽。

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Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios
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Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

here's an idea the tweet is the newest form of literature ah Twitter everyone's favorite micro blogging platform a place where the social media elite can trade links to obscure or you can read what your former co-workers girlfriend had

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