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When we think about concepts like erudite and popular we feel tempted to consider them radically different like black from white or good from bad but if we analyse the question carefully we will see that both concepts have a lot in common and sometimes their limits can be quite ambiguous In general we consider erudite what is only accessible to a privileged class and popular what is accessible to the majority of people Commonly when we think about what is erudite we think on beautiful things of great cultural value but when we take the concept popular we associate it to vulgar or low quality stuff However if we think about Brazilian music for instance we will find that the greatest artists and compositors are considered popular rather than erudite On the other hand if we think about opera or classical music which are considered expressions of erudite culture we will find a lot of great pieces of art but some of them were classified as popular in their time some of the greatest symbols of erudite culture today were even considered vulgar in the past Another point to have in mind is that we are living in a world where everything is accessible we have access to a great amount of information pieces of art and even music with just one click in the mouse We could never say that operas like Carmen or La traviatta or classical music like The Fifth Symphony by Beethoven are erudite because they are not accessible to the mass we can listen to any of these works on the radio or even on the internet we can find CDs of them very easily in any shopping or supermarket I can even risk to say that they are as accessible as Funk Rap Rock etc In our days more than in the past we can see that the frontiers between what is popular and
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