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The age of American unreason in a culture of lies / Susan Jacoby.

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A cultural history of the last forty years, ...focuses on the convergence of social forces--usually treated as separate entities--that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of "junk thought" that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion. --Publisher.
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Baker County Library 306.097309 .J179a 2018 (Text) 37814003412930 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 07/28/2021 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525436522
  • ISBN: 0525436529
  • Physical Description: xxviii, 364 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: Second Vintage Books edition ; new updated edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-340) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- 1: Way we live now: just us folks -- 2: Way we lived then: intellect and ignorance in a young nation -- 3: Social pseudoscience in the morning of America's culture wars -- 4: Reds, pinkos, fellow travelers -- 5: Middlebrow culture from noon to twilight -- 6: Blaming it on the sixties -- 7: Legacies: youth culture and celebrity culture -- 8: New old-time religion -- 9: Junk thought -- 10: Culture of distraction -- 11: Public life: defining dumbness downward -- Conclusion: Cultural conservation.
Summary, etc.:
A cultural history of the last forty years, ...focuses on the convergence of social forces--usually treated as separate entities--that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of "junk thought" that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion. --Publisher.
Original Version Note:
Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form: United States : Pantheon Books, 2008. First Edition.
Subject: Mass media > Social aspects > United States.
Popular culture > United States.
Reason > Social aspects > United States.
Social values > United States.
Social psychology > United States.
National characteristics, American.
United States > Civilization > 1945-
United States > Social conditions > 1945-

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