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Season 2006 Episode 1204

Martha Bayles

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Martha Bayles
Martha Bayles talks about her book, The Ugly Americans: How Not to Lose the Global Culture War, soon to be published by Yale University Press.Bayles argues that people abroad now assume that violent, vulgar, vitriolic entertainment is a true expression of life in the United States. She says this is a result of the downsizing of U.S. cultural diplomacy and the skyrocketing export of an increasingly debased popular culture. She argues that in the war of ideas against radical jihad, culture is not a frill. She says it is mainly through culture that one group of people judges the humanity of another. After her presentation she responds to audience members' questions. This event was American Enterprise Institute's monthly Bradley Lecture.Martha Bayles was a former TV and arts critic for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the book, Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music. She also writes "Serious Popcorn" a weblog for

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