Craig Stroupe | Associate Professor of Information Design | Department of Writing Studies | 1201 Ordean Court # 420 | University of Minnesota Duluth | Duluth, MN 55812 | 218-726-6249 | fax 218-726-6882 |

Cultural Codes (Cultural Literacies)

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Verbal phrases, names, titles, images, conventional examples, and other brief representations that function in a culture or sub-culture as references to complex ideas, situations, judgments, and narratives through a common stock of allusions and mental associations.

"Social short-hand or short-cuts to meaning"

Cultural codes--celebrity names or images, titles of songs or movies, names or images of places--serve in a society as a kind of vocabulary of ideas and values