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==Definition==
 
==Definition==
   
Today, camp falls into two distinct categories: intentional camp and unintentional camp. Intentional camp, as the name suggests, constitutes the deliberate use of camp for humour. Unintentional camp arises from ''[[naive|naïveté]]'' or poor quality or tastes. Unintentional camp can thus be considered "true" or "pure" camp. A [[hipster]] may appreciate something for its camp value, while a person with unrefined tastes may perceive the same thing to be inherently sophisticated.
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Today, camp falls into two distinct categories: intentional camp and unintentional camp. Intentional camp, as the name suggests, constitutes the deliberate use of camp for humour. Unintentional camp arises from ''[[naive|naïveté]]'' or poor quality or tastes. Unintentional camp can thus be considered "true camp." A [[hipster]] may appreciate something for its camp value, while a person with unrefined tastes may perceive the same thing to be inherently sophisticated.
   
 
Much like the closely related notion of [[kitsch]], camp has traditionally been viewed as hard to define. The terms "camp" and "kitsch" are often used interchangeably, but the term "kitsch" refers spefically to art, music or literature, while "camp" is a much broader term. All things kitsch are also camp, but not all things camp are kitsch. It is easier to grasp the concept of camp through the use of examples than through a definition. Thus, one who is unfamilar with the concept of camp may wish to skip to the numerous examples of camp cited later in this article, before reading about the history of camp and the academic theories concerning camp found towards the beginning of this article.
 
Much like the closely related notion of [[kitsch]], camp has traditionally been viewed as hard to define. The terms "camp" and "kitsch" are often used interchangeably, but the term "kitsch" refers spefically to art, music or literature, while "camp" is a much broader term. All things kitsch are also camp, but not all things camp are kitsch. It is easier to grasp the concept of camp through the use of examples than through a definition. Thus, one who is unfamilar with the concept of camp may wish to skip to the numerous examples of camp cited later in this article, before reading about the history of camp and the academic theories concerning camp found towards the beginning of this article.
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