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'Banter', 'Aspiration', 'Selfie'? Not this year, thank you very much

Books: All our slips are showing

Baffled by rubbish in the media, a major poet mocks the new philistines. D J Taylor regrets that the poet's publisher belongs in that camp, too... Play Resumed by D J Enright Oxford University Press, pounds 18, 205pp

Dumb Britannia: How dumb are we?

"I don't think that elitism is really a bad thing. I don't think that people are dumb - they're actually quite astute. What is dumb is what they've done to the education system - Blunkett and that awful man with the silly haircut, who don't want children to have fun any more... The idea that everyone is educated from the age of five to be some kind of middle-management salesperson is absolutely disastrous."

Social Trends: Police losing war against crime

Drug use, food and crime

Labour's pop culture project is doomed

Podium; From a speech by the cultural critic to the Social Market Foundation on the limits of `new' Britain

Podium: A new vision for absent fathers

From a speech made to the Commonwealth Fund by its Harkness Fellow

The most misogynistic film ever - or just a visceral slice of real life?

Suzanne Moore on men at bay

Pop Culture; What time is hype (again)

Domes, grants and bugs - a Millennium-weary British public gets its chance for revenge today with the release of 2K' s 14-minute single `F*** the Millennium'. The art/pop jokers behind 2K, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, originally staged a 23-minute version of the single as part of a performance spectacle at the Barbican Centre in September. Provocatively advertised in the national press as "1997 What The F***'s Going On?", the multimedia extravaganza featured, amongst numerous oddities, a massed troop of striking Liverpool dockers and a brass band. According to 2K themselves, however, that was the last we would hear from them.

Pop culture to be stored for posterity

The Government is planning massive new warehouses to store every piece of electronic pop culture being produced.

Pop culture to be held in storage

The Government is planning massive new warehouses to store every piece of electronic pop culture being produced.

Andy Gill on albums: Red Kross - Show World Island 524275-2

ust as you don't have to be black to play the blues, you don't have to be British to play Britpop, as Los Angeles anglophiles Redd Kross demonstrate with Show World. As with their esteemed colleagues The Plimsouls, it's more a matter of attitude and having a Lennon-esque nasal twang to front the band.

Books Society: Giant kills Jack: official

THE SIBLING SOCIETY by Robert Bly, Hamish Hamilton pounds 18

Letter: We need a moral lead

The search for consensus on a moral framework will continue to be stifled if contributors show the obtuseness of Decca Aitkenhead ("Help! There's a politician in my bed", 3 November).

Cultural revolution

The study of popular culture is booming. After all, the Spice Girls are sexier than Spinoza. If only universities took the subject seriously

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It's difficult to remember the time before popular culture got beached by Melvyn Bragg on the South Bank and became tired by staying up way past its bedtime for Late Review. Pop culture has been successfully toilet trained. We have grown up with the idea of it as something to be decoded, deconstructed and generally decontaminated of its energy and aura.

The history of popular culture

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