Initially, on the regular manner, we should ask what elite culture is and how elite culture impacts on our lifestyle and ideology conventionally. Compared to massive culture, elite culture can be vividly featured of magnitude, elegance and gracefulness. It bears the resemblance or consistency to aristocratic and well-educated people's exclusive and admirable tradition of life and study in the accordance with its basic and widely-accepted characteristics. Nevertheless, elite culture anciently was adored by many learners and literators in lower class but reproached more and more seriously today for it is isolated from modern commoners' life.
Objectively, elite culture anyway is at the very least equivalent to the massive culture that is highly welcomed and popularized in today's life. Elite culture short of the close connection to modernity and fashion equates classics as well as bookish and literate tendency of life and study in daily life, while massive culture devoid of firm and strong foundation of tradition and history equates the easily-learnt fashion and newborn trend of life, which is easily inclined to superficiality and instability. In this way, elite culture is apt to maturity and outdatedness, while massive culture is more exactly depicted to be growth and fashionableness.
Anyway, what written above is just the individual's viewpoint about elite culture as well as the distinction between elite culture and massive culture. Let us see what professionals say about elite culture. In academic circle, elite culture is widely thought of to be unsuited for this noisy materialized and capitalized world. people is absolutely forced to be ignore the elite culture as a traditional heritage due to the urgent need of existence in the realistic world though the internal spiritual pursuit is still strong. Elite culture can be reconsidered deeply when people in tranquility of soul and in trouble or frustration.
As for the specific definition of elite culture, Zou Guangwen, a domestic scholar, thinks that elite culture is a special culture created, transmitted and shared by high-level intellects of humanity and science and technology. Levis, a western social critic, thinks in order to express the aesthetic taste, value judgment and social obligation of minority of high-class intellects and cultural learners with better education background and cultural capability, elite culture is exclusively spread among them.
According to their explanations, elite culture is a culture belonging to elite of intellects. In today's China, elite culture is mainly spotlighted with the unique culture created, transmitted and shared by economic elites. And the traditional elites of culture still maintain their position and keep the classical taste of culture though tradition is being withered today in China.