See also: oxymoron
Very little of "American Culture" was not taken from somewhere else and modified to better suit it's audience.
The notable exceptions are:
- Ragtime as popularized by Scott Joplin around the begining of the twentieth century.
- Internet Culture which is still largely an American device, despite its international availibilty.
- Violence. While obviously not an American innovation, American society is much more forgiving of depictions and displays of violence than most of the industrailized world.
- Sex on the other hand, is shunned at every turn, most likely a relic of our Puritan heritage, in contrast to other industrialized nations.