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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
Language
eng
Summary
An examination of modern American culture, which has forced the term "dumbing down" into the public arena, and raised heated debate. Although the term originated in the US, similar trends are now observable in Britain, making this text relevant to both cultures
Cataloging source
JDP
Dewey number
306.097309049
Index
no index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.D85 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1942-
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  • Washburn, Katharine
  • Thornton, John F.
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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
Note
Copyright date 1996
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
ocm37845106
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
329 p.
Isbn
9780393317237
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)37845106
Label
Dumbing down : essays on the strip mining of American culture, edited by Katharine Washburn and John F. Thornton ; introduction by John Simon
Publication
Note
Copyright date 1996
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
ocm37845106
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
329 p.
Isbn
9780393317237
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
(OCoLC)37845106

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