In this article, Ong shows how what is labeled "high art" (the works of Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein, for example) and what is referred to as "popular culture" (specifically, the comic strip Pogo) are not as separate from each other as people make them out to be.  Ong cites the nonsense songs found in Pogo as linguistic constructions that might as well be in the work of Joyce, but he asserts that what makes these nonsense songs acceptable in popular culture is that people have had time to get used to (and perhaps forget) the avant-garde world from which they came.  Ong urges people, especially the Catholic readers of America, to adopt a more open view of what is new and unfamiliar to them rather than waiting for a certain level of comfort before accepting new ideas into their world.
 
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