Do ideas shape the culture and events, or do events produce ideas?
Man, if that isn't one of those which came first the chicken or the egg questions! Certainly the culture is influenced by ideas. Culture is malleable, we are currently being transformed by devices that keep us in instant and constant contact with one another. Back in the day, communication between a mother and a child was simply the mother's ability to bellow at the top of her lungs throughout the neighborhood demanding the child's presence. The smart ones had a bell, that was considered the elite of communication devices. Now it seems every child old enough to hold a phone has a cell. Mom simply dials the little angel's communication device and requests an audience. If she really wants their attention, she sends a text!
Another idea that is currently shaping our culture is also a form of communication, Facebook! For some it's a form of therapy as they expose their daily conundrums to the masses; not necessarily looking for answers, but perhaps sympathy or affirmation. It's like when the husband comes home and is blessed with his wife giving a review of her current problem. She's not seeking his input, just a place to vent. Other's use Facebook as a billboard for every turn of their life. We know exactly what they have been doing with frequent updates complete with pictures. I even get pictures of what some have placed before them to eat! Facebook is also a great way to get your child to respond. Just post something that'll embarrass them and you'll be in immediate contact with the offended party. Smart parents have adopted this as great means of leverage for inspiring children to react in a desired manner.
Oh there is so much more, but I think you get the idea. Ideas are the fertilizer of cultural behavior! But an idea needs action to become influence. Cell phones or Facebook could still be trapped inside someone's noggin without an action to bring them to fruition.