America's Meltdown The Lowest-Common-Denominator Society

ISBN-10: 0275976394
ISBN-13: 9780275976392
Edition: 2003
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Description: Celebrity news, video games, cookie-cutter schools, and shopping, shopping, shopping. As entertainers, corporations, and even the government pander to the lowest common denominator, American life becomes increasingly vicarious, prefabricated, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/30/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Celebrity news, video games, cookie-cutter schools, and shopping, shopping, shopping. As entertainers, corporations, and even the government pander to the lowest common denominator, American life becomes increasingly vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of meaning. This book examines contemporary American consciousness, considering the factors that have driven society toward gossip and sensationalism at the cost of substance and depth. Arden discusses the growing epidemic of acrimony, superficiality, attention deficit disorder, and complaints of ennui. He targets the reasons why American children have expressed their confused rage with deadly weapons, why a president boasts that he earned Cs in college, and why society has drifted into craving entertainment laced with violence and cheap thrills. The book is provocative reading for concerned citizens, as well as for scholars and researchers involved with contemporary American culture and society.

The Meltdown
Cyberspaced
Vicarious Living
Infotainment
Retail Government
Lock and Load
The Bottom of the Barrel
Shopping and Dropping
Men and Women Are from Earth
Hyped Sports
Waging the Soul
Punching the Clock
McMedicine
Shrink Wrap
Dumbsizing the Schools
Mall Art
The Spiritual Supermarket
Rebuilding the Future

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