It seems to me that this phrase, "The culture of . . ." has been applied to so many things now that it's losing any serious meaning.
Here are some examples I found googling "the culture of":
The Culture of Victimhood.
The Culture of Humiliation
The Culture of Drinking
The Culture of Fear
The Culture of Big Data
The Culture of Command.
The Culture of Criticism
This use of the term doesn't seem to fit the normal ways culture is defined. The closest I could find was this Dictionary.com definition:
In some cases, it's a way of attacking an idea. The culture of victimhood is used to attack the idea of micro aggression. In other cases it may be closer to describing something like a subculture - a group of people with a similar set of general characteristics - like the culture of drinking.
At this point I'm not sure why this bothers me. There's nothing wrong with coming up with new words and phrases to capture ideas that don't already have a word. But this trend seems more like a lazy man's way of sounding deeper than he really is. Just add "the culture of" to any phrase and it sounds almost like a serious scholarly study. But some of these uses have no depth at all.
Really. Has California culture changed to where nagging is now a major characteristic of people living in the sunshine state? Or does the author simply mean - 'nagging water wasters is becoming more prevalent?"