Most of us are born into a culture. Over time, we embrace other cultures and join the communities that support them.
Take our group’s choice of the culture known as high-end audio. It’s unlikely any of us were born into it (though to be fair my father might have qualified as an audiophile). And I would speculate most of us chose to embrace this culture and join its community.
We speak the lingo, we understand the concepts, on occasion we finger-wag our firm beliefs, we often preach the gospel, we sometimes shame outside thoughts that run counter to the culture that defines our community.
I know plenty of my fellow audiophiles that bristle at the suggestion ours is a culture. They would prefer the term community.
I would suggest one doesn’t work without the other. They are forever intertwined.
Cultures tend to be more long-term while communities are more transient.
The culture of high-end audio has been evolving for more than 100 years. Our community that supports, feeds, and helps shape our culture comes and goes.
Culture and community are dance partners.