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Cultural Icon-Wole Shoyinka
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Cultural Icon Day
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TIGER EYES - Official clip - Judy Blume: Cultural icon
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Vuvuzelas: Cultural icon or noise pollution?
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Mongolian Contortionists Vie To Become Cultural Icon
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Kylie: Cultural Icon (Part 4 of 5)
Kylie: Cultural Icon (Part 4 of 5)
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Philippine Jeepney - transportation and cultural icon.
Philippine Jeepney - transportation and cultural icon.
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CULTURAL ICON ALIKO DANGOTE
CULTURAL ICON ALIKO DANGOTE
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Dr. Maya Angelou (Cultural Icon) In Loving Memory
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Dialogue Special: Horse, a Chinese Cultural Icon
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PETER SOLIS NERY: Sagisag Kultura / Cultural Icon
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ISRAEL MUSIC HISTORY Cultural Icon Yehoram Gaon Talks on Sephardic Romancero 10/3/11 Heb.
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TEDxHUP: Mr. Yousuf Salahudin, Philanthropist & Cultural Icon speaking at Hajvery University (HU)
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CHINUA ACHEBE, CULTURAL ICON
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Celebrating Cultural Icon The Late Leonard Tim Hector  NOVEMBER 2012
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Thatcher Remembered as Political Titan, Cultural Icon
Thatcher Remembered as Political Titan, Cultural Icon
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Saving a cultural icon
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Cultural Icon Joaquin Rivera Lives On - Still Teaching Profound Lessons
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LIVE The Thermals - No Cultural icon
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Thatcher Remembered as Political Titan, Cultural Icon
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Boy George - Cultural Icon
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Governor Chris Christie on Whitney Houston: A New Jersey Cultural Icon
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AIUB - IT Project Exhibition 2011 [making of Cultural Icon]
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Don C.: Visionary, Trailblazer, Cultural Icon Pt.1
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Cultural Icon) In Loving Memory
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Vocabulary - Cultural Icon - Migliora il tuo Inglese - Improve your English
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Kylie: Cultural Icon - Special Preview
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Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer, Cultural Icon (Pt. 5 aka THE LAST PART)
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Kylie: Cultural Icon Special Preview (Part 2 of 5)
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Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer, Cultural Icon (Pt. 3)
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CULTURAL ICON-FATAI ROLLING DOLLAR
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InRetroSpect Special: Tomb Raider Part 2 - Lara Croft, A Cultural Icon
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Elvis Visual Essay: A Cultural Icon of America
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Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer, Cultural Icon (Pt. 2)
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Salman Khan ADMIRES the Cultural Icon RAJINIKANTH.
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Celebrated Indian Cultural Icon, Nagarjuna Akkineni, speaks on TeachAIDS
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Prius as a Cultural Icon
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Kylie: Cultural Icon (part 3 of 5)
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Cultural Icon in Metro Being Demolished
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Mr Ives, Laborie
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A Cultural Icon - The Cadillac CTS
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Elvis is alive as ever as an American cultural icon
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"Iconic" redirects here. For the EP by Icona Pop, see Iconic (EP).
A selection of cultural icons common to the United States

A cultural icon is an object that represents some aspect of the values, norms or ideals perceived to be inherent in a culture, or section of a culture.[citation needed] Cultural icons vary widely, and may a symbol, logo, picture, name, face, or indeed real or fictional people.[citation needed]

In the media, many items of popular culture have been called "iconic". Some writers say that the word is overused.[1][2][3]

Status[edit]

Cultural icon of Russia: the first set of matryoshka dolls by Zvyozdochkin and Malyutin, 1892

The values, norms and ideals represented by a cultural icon vary both among people who subscribe to it, and more widely among other people who may interpret cultural icons as symbolising quite different values. Thus an apple pie is a cultural icon of the United States, but Americans may not agree on what it symbolises.[citation needed] The term has varying meanings; it is described by Dr Mike Parker as the "contested and poorly defined subject area of cultural iconicity".[4]

Examples[edit]

For example, widely accepted cultural icons of the United Kingdom include:

Matryoshka dolls are seen internationally as cultural icons of Russia.[16]

Cultural icons in general can be of almost any kind, for example human, such as the figure of the female athlete;[17] film characters, such as Superman;[18] animals such as the horse;[19] aspects of science, such as DNA;[20] disasters, such as the loss of the Titanic;[21] books, such as Plato's Timaeus;[22] artists such as Madonna, or types of boat, such as the oriental Dhow.[23]

Media overuse[edit]

Some writers say that the terms "icon" and "iconic" have been overused. A writer in Liverpool Daily Post calls "iconic" "a word that makes my flesh creep," a word "pressed into service to describe almost anything."[1] The Christian Examiner nominates "iconic" in its list of overused words, finding over 18,000 "iconic" references in news stories alone, with another 30,000 for "icon", including its use for SpongeBob SquarePants.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Let's hear it for the Queen's English, Liverpool Daily Post
  2. ^ a b Modern word usage amazingly leaves us yearning for gay, old times, Christian Examiner
  3. ^ Heard about the famous icon? We have - far too often, The Independent (London), January 27, 2007
  4. ^ [1]/University of Central Lancashire - Phd Thesis
  5. ^ a b c d British Postal Museum & Archive: Icons of England. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  6. ^ Holloway, J Christopher; Taylor, Neil (7th Edition, 2006 (First published 1983)). The Business of Tourism. Pearson Education. p. 217. 
  7. ^ McManus, Erwin Raphael (2001). An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind. Flagship Church Resources. p. 113. 
  8. ^ BBC: Tea steams ahead in icon hunt. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  9. ^ Thorne, Tony (2011). "The 100 Words that Make the English". Cuppa (Hachette Digital (e-book)). 
  10. ^ BBC. "a classic icon of British design inextricably linked to our national image"
  11. ^ a b c Jenkins, Simon; Dean Godson (editor) (October 2005). "Replacing the Routemaster". p. 7. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ Rodgers, René (editor) (October 2002). "ROYAL MAIL LETTER BOXES A Joint Policy Statement". Royal Mail / English Heritage. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c Culture24: Icons of England. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  14. ^ O'Neill, Brendan (2 April 2009). "Gulf News / Christian Science Monitor". To save a past that rings a bell. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ Parker, Mike (2012). "Cultural Icons: A Case Study Analysis of their Formation and Reception (PhD Thesis)". Chapter 5: The Spitfire Aircraft (University of Central Lancashire). pp. 123–167. 
  16. ^ Bobo, Suzanna (25 December 2012). "Scuttlebutt: Wooden toy tells a story of love and industry". Kodiak Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  17. ^ Foudy et al, 2003.
  18. ^ Brooker, 2001.
  19. ^ Edwards et al, 2011.
  20. ^ Nelkin and Lindee, 2004.
  21. ^ Heyer, 2012.
  22. ^ Reydams-Shils, 2003.
  23. ^ Gilbert, 2008.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Biedermann, Hans (1994). Dictionary of Symbolism: Cultural Icons and the Meanings Behind Them. Meridan. 
  • Brooker, Will (2001). Batman Unmasked: Analysing a Cultural Icon. Continuum. 
  • Edwards, Peter; Karl Enenkel, and Elspeth Graham (editors) (2011). The Horse as Cultural Icon: The Real and the Symbolic Horse in the Early Modern World. Brill. 
  • Foudy, Julie; Leslie Heywood and Shari L Dworkin (2003). Built to Win: The Female Athlete as Cultural Icon. University of Minnesota Press. 
  • Gilbert, Erik (2008). The Dhow as Cultural Icon. Boston University. * Heyer, Paul (2012). Titanic Century: Media, Myth, and the Making of a Cultural Icon. Praeger. 
  • Heyer, Paul (2012). Titanic Century: Media, Myth, and the Making of a Cultural Icon. Praeger. 
  • Meyer, Denis C. (2010). Cles Pour la France en 80 Icones Culturelles. Hachette. 
  • Nelkin, Dorothy and M Susan Lindee (2004). The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon. University of Michigan Press. 
  • Reydams-Schils, Gretchen J (2003). Plato's Timaeus as Cultural Icon. University of Notre Dame Press. 

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