Call it "disintermediation" or "cultural fragmentation" — but American culture is sliced up in so many ways that what's popular with one group can go virtually unnoticed by another. NPR explores how we came to live in "a culture of many cultures."
Nathan Kress (Freddie), Miranda Cosgrove (Carly) and Jennette McCurdy (Sam) of Nickelodeon's iCarly.
Elizabeth Blair reports on a popular Nickelodeon show that you might never even hear about unless you have kids to watch it with. And we ask an open question about kids' entertainment that works on both boys and girls.
February 3, 2011 Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are helping people keep in touch with a wide network of friends and family. But just how social are those networks? As part of NPR's Fractured Culture series, Laura Sydell investigates whether social networks are simply moving real world cliques online.
January 26, 2011 As the entertainment world fragments across a growing number of platforms, some of the biggest winners have been rogue, online video personalities and producers. But even with 3 million followers on YouTube, Ryan Higa isn't exactly a household name.
January 24, 2011 In an age of ever-increasing media options, water-cooler conversation doesn't come so easily. When The Cosby Show was at its peak in the late 1980s, the show's audience was nearly 30 million. Today, Two and a Half Men is the nation's top-rated show, with 15 million viewers.