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Definition of Cultural icon

Cultural icon Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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A cultural icon is an artifact that is recognised by members of a culture or sub-culture as representing some aspect of cultural identity (theirs or others). Its form, therefore is distinct (to be recognisable), reproducible (to be pervasive), durable (for retention in the collective memory), and representing some narrative that is understood by the receptive group. Cultural icons vary widely, and may be visual (for example, an iconic photograph such as Korda's Guerrillero Heroico picture of Che Guevara), audio (the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from the film The Wizard of Oz), an actual object including a building or a vehicle (the Coca-Cola bottle designed by Earl R. Dean, the Eiffel Tower), an event (Russian Revolution, Sinking of the RMS Titanic), a person or group of people (The Beatles, Mahatma Gandhi), or may be applied to less tangible concepts and ideas (an iconic journey or view).

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