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
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
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
Contents
  • Dumbing Down: Some Leading Indicators -- Introduction / John Simon -- The Postmodern Schoolhouse / Gilbert T. Sewall -- The Question of Our Speech: The Return to Aural Culture / Cynthia Ozick -- Writing Down Together / Heather MacDonald -- The Erosion of the Social Sciences / Steven Goldberg -- The Saving Minutes / Brad Leithauser -- Circling the Squires / David R. Slavitt -- Last Night at the Planetarium / Ken Kalfus -- Voodoo Science / Robert L. Park -- I'll Take My Stand: A Defense of Popular Culture / Anthony DeCurtis -- The Last Taboo / Phillip Lopate -- What to Do about the Arts / Joseph Epstein -- "But First, a Word from Our Sponsor": Advertising and the Carnivalization of Culture / James B. Twitchell -- Homo Virtualis / Sven Birkerts -- The Facts of Fiction and the Fiction of Facts / Kent Carroll -- Egalitarianism and Diversity / George F. Kennan -- Kitsch Religion / David Klinghoffer
  • America's Fantasy Urbanism: The Waxing of the Mall and the Waning of Civility / Carole Rifkind -- The Trivialization of Tragedy / Jonathan Rosen -- "I Feel Good to Be a Black Male" / Armstrong Williams -- Cooking Dumb, Eating Dumb / Nahum Waxman -- What's the Story? / Paul R. McHugh -- Does Sex Still Exist? / Michael Vincent Miller
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
329 p.
Isbn
9780393038293
Lccn
95025469
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u965063-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJN-1555
  • 04276
  • (OCoLC)33209301
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
Contents
  • Dumbing Down: Some Leading Indicators -- Introduction / John Simon -- The Postmodern Schoolhouse / Gilbert T. Sewall -- The Question of Our Speech: The Return to Aural Culture / Cynthia Ozick -- Writing Down Together / Heather MacDonald -- The Erosion of the Social Sciences / Steven Goldberg -- The Saving Minutes / Brad Leithauser -- Circling the Squires / David R. Slavitt -- Last Night at the Planetarium / Ken Kalfus -- Voodoo Science / Robert L. Park -- I'll Take My Stand: A Defense of Popular Culture / Anthony DeCurtis -- The Last Taboo / Phillip Lopate -- What to Do about the Arts / Joseph Epstein -- "But First, a Word from Our Sponsor": Advertising and the Carnivalization of Culture / James B. Twitchell -- Homo Virtualis / Sven Birkerts -- The Facts of Fiction and the Fiction of Facts / Kent Carroll -- Egalitarianism and Diversity / George F. Kennan -- Kitsch Religion / David Klinghoffer
  • America's Fantasy Urbanism: The Waxing of the Mall and the Waning of Civility / Carole Rifkind -- The Trivialization of Tragedy / Jonathan Rosen -- "I Feel Good to Be a Black Male" / Armstrong Williams -- Cooking Dumb, Eating Dumb / Nahum Waxman -- What's the Story? / Paul R. McHugh -- Does Sex Still Exist? / Michael Vincent Miller
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
329 p.
Isbn
9780393038293
Lccn
95025469
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u965063-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJN-1555
  • 04276
  • (OCoLC)33209301

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