Bordieu’s concept that auto-didactic culture is devalued outside academia and lauded within it is relevant to our in class discussion last week about incorporating web 2.0 amateur “experts'” subject knowledge into the composition classroom. Bordieu’s book, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, asserts that people are habituated into certain levels of aesthetic appreciation based on class. Is Bordieu correct that our social standing (at least partially) determines our critical apparatus to digest cultural capital? If so, then the whole democratizing potential of web 2.0 “experts” seems negligible at best because socially constructed uses of digital cultural capital will remain pervasive regardless of the numbers of critical thinking/cultural capital texts available online. Can the critical apparatus provided by education close Bordieu’s class determined cultural appreciation gap? How would an instructor achieve this goal in a freshmen composition classroom?