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ERIC Number: EJ027505
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1970
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In Defense of Popular Taste: Film Ratings Among Professionals and Lay Audiences
Wanderer, Jules J.
Amer J Sociol, 76, 2, 262-272, Sep '70
This paper reports a secondary analysis of a direct measure of popular taste and contrasts it with professional evaluations of the same cultural product. The data are 5,644 motion pictures rated over a twenty-two-year period by members of a consumer organization and a group of professional movie reviewers. Ratings ofthe two groups are compared, andthe snobbism of critics is tested and refuted. (Author/DB)
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