NPR Series: A 'Fractured Culture' Of Many Lively Cultures 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 life in "a culture of many cultures."
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Fractured Culture

Nathan Kress (Freddie), Miranda Cosgrove (Carly) and Jennette McCurdy (Sam) of Nickelodeon's iCarly. Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon/PR Newswire hide caption

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Agents of Secret Stuff stars YouTube celebrity Ryan Higa as a spy operative who finds himself somewhat out of place when he's assigned to go undercover at a high school. Through YouTube, fans can find stars they can more easily relate to who may be ignored by Hollywood. YouTube hide caption

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Entertainer and relationship guru Steve Harvey signs copies of his new book, Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man, at the Borders on 18th Street in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2011. Adele Hampton/NPR hide caption

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Rita Indiana is an artist from the Dominican Republic. Her electronic merengue is often played on Alt.Latino. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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