Peter Montgomery wrote:
> Popular culture was anything the lower classes could
> afford. The alternative was what the alternative
> classes could afford.
I don't think this will work. After all, in public places the rich as
well as the poor pissed in urinals. They were "low" (in social terms) --
but after all scatology (for this and other contrasts) is an old
tradition in all literatures (high and low) -- see Dante, Pope, & Swift.
At this point I got stuck, beginning and cancelling several sentences --
so I huddled with two volumes of the OED for awhile, reading the entries
on "popular" and "culture." I can't begin to pull out the right strands
and weave them together, but I don't think your definition (though it's
clearly an occasional flavor) is adequate.