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The Resource Dumbing down : essays on the strip mining of American culture, edited by Katharine Washburn and John F. Thornton ; introduction by John Simon

Dumbing down : essays on the strip mining of American culture, edited by Katharine Washburn and John F. Thornton ; introduction by John Simon

Label
Dumbing down : essays on the strip mining of American culture
Title
Dumbing down
Title remainder
essays on the strip mining of American culture
Statement of responsibility
edited by Katharine Washburn and John F. Thornton ; introduction by John Simon
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The American scene, once so full of richness, promise, vitality, and achievement, now strikes many critics as a dispiriting carnival of follies, a spectacle of decline. In every area of our lives - including, but not limited to, education, politics, journalism, literature, ethics, film, religion, popular culture, jurisprudence, psychiatry, and even cuisine - one can observe an ominous slippage, a shift towards the bizarre, the third-rate, the purely opportunistic. How did such a vibrant legacy of knowledge, tradition, and competence come to be so rapidly squandered in so short a time? And can this pan-cultural "dumbing down" be halted or reversed?" "This volume collects twenty-three essays - most of them written for this book - that confront such developments with vigor, wit, learning, common sense, and urgency. Contributors include such superb critics and commentators as Philip Lopate, Cynthia Ozick, Michael Vincent Miller, Joseph Epstein, Sven Birkerts, George F. Kennan, Brad Leithauser, and John Simon. Various in their styles, concerns, and political allegiances, they are united in their dismay about a culture in the throes of dismantling itself. The essays in Dumbing Down, whether well-modulated or cries from the heart, are a call to action and renewal."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
306/.0973/09049
Index
no index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.D85 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1942-
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  • Washburn, Katharine
  • Thornton, John F.
  • Simon, John Ivan
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  • Popular culture
  • Arts and society
  • United States
Label
Dumbing down : essays on the strip mining of American culture, edited by Katharine Washburn and John F. Thornton ; introduction by John Simon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Education. The postmodern schoolhouse -- The question of our speech: the return to aural culture -- Writing down together -- The erosion of the social sciences -- The saving minutes -- Circling the squires -- pt. 2. Arts & sciences. Last night at the planetarium -- Voodoo science -- I'll take my stand: a defense of popular culture -- The last taboo -- What to do about the arts -- pt. 3. The media. "But first, a word from our sponsor": advertising and the carnivalization of culture -- Homo virtualis -- The facts of fiction and the fiction of facts -- pt. 4. Public life -- Egalitarianism and diversity -- Kitsch religion -- America's fantasy urbanism: the waxing of the mall and the waning of civility -- The trivialization of tragedy -- "I feel good to be a black male" -- pt. 5. Private life. Cooking dumb, eating dumb -- What's the story? -- Does sex still exist?
Control code
33209301
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9780393038293
Lccn
95025469
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Dumbing down : essays on the strip mining of American culture, edited by Katharine Washburn and John F. Thornton ; introduction by John Simon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Education. The postmodern schoolhouse -- The question of our speech: the return to aural culture -- Writing down together -- The erosion of the social sciences -- The saving minutes -- Circling the squires -- pt. 2. Arts & sciences. Last night at the planetarium -- Voodoo science -- I'll take my stand: a defense of popular culture -- The last taboo -- What to do about the arts -- pt. 3. The media. "But first, a word from our sponsor": advertising and the carnivalization of culture -- Homo virtualis -- The facts of fiction and the fiction of facts -- pt. 4. Public life -- Egalitarianism and diversity -- Kitsch religion -- America's fantasy urbanism: the waxing of the mall and the waning of civility -- The trivialization of tragedy -- "I feel good to be a black male" -- pt. 5. Private life. Cooking dumb, eating dumb -- What's the story? -- Does sex still exist?
Control code
33209301
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9780393038293
Lccn
95025469
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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