Culture wars

What the f---? The f-word goes mainstream

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Suddenly the f-word is everywhere: Two presidential candidates. A Supreme Court case. Bookstore bestsellers.

Why it matters: A casual, ever-coarser culture has embraced a word that once shocked, and now bores. The ultimate epithet is now everyday conversation. And we've lost a surefire device for cutting through life's white noise.

Putin urges cultural advisers to crack down on rap music

Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that cultural advisers need to find a way to control rap music, as it grows in popularity with Russian youth, the Associated Press reports.

Details: Putin said rap is "based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest," and that "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." He told advisers on Saturday in St. Petersburg that the theme of drugs in rap music is "a path to the degradation of the nation."