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Say Goodbye to Culture

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Buzzwords wear out their welcome after a while. Initially someone coins a new term, or recycles an existing word, to mean something specific and useful. As it catches on, more and more people use it and attach new meanings to it—until it is overused and means next to nothing. 

Take the word culture. In social science circles, it is still useful as a term to describe the sum of the norms, values, beliefs, customs, and practices of a group or society. It also has specific applications i

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