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With vigor, wit, learning, common sense, and urgency, twenty-three essayist-including John Simon, Cynthia Ozick, Phillip Lopate, George F. Kennan, Sven Birkerts, Joseph Epstein, and Brad Leithauser-examine aspects of our pan-cultural "dumbing down" and offer both diagnoses of and possible cures for this wasting disease.
What distinguishes this collection is its breadth, its liveliness. This valuable book provides much ammunition for . . . unrepentant elitists.--Lisa Zeidner
Foreword by the Editors
Dumbing Down: Some Leading Indicators
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
Last Night at the Planetarium
I'll Take My Stand: A Defense of Popular Culture
The Last Taboo
What to Do about the Arts
"But First, a Word from Our Sponsor": Advertising and the Carnivalization of Culture
The Facts of Fiction and the Fiction of Facts
Egalitarianism and Diversity
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"
Cooking Dumb, Eating Dumb
What's the Story?
Does Sex Still Exist?
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ISBN: 9780393317237 ISBN-10: 0393317234 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 336 Published: 17th November 1997 Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.52
Weight (kg): 0.5