America's Meltdown: The Lowest-Common-Denominator Society by John B. Arden

By John B. Arden

As entertainers, companies, or even the govt pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of that means. This booklet examines modern American attention, contemplating the standards that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the price of substance and depth.Celebrity information, games, cookie-cutter colleges, and procuring, procuring, procuring. As entertainers, enterprises, or even the govt. pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of that means. This publication examines modern American awareness, contemplating the standards that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the fee of substance and depth.Arden discusses the growing to be epidemic of acrimony, superficiality, consciousness deficit disease, and court cases of ennui. He goals the explanations why American little ones have expressed their burdened rage with lethal guns, why a president boasts that he earned Cs in collage, and why society has drifted into yearning leisure laced with violence and inexpensive thrills. The ebook is provocative analyzing for involved voters, in addition to for students and researchers concerned with modern American tradition and society.

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The Los Angeles Times editorial staff now invites advertisers to editorial meetings. 7 A majority reported that the management of the paper is receptive to the pressure, and 37 percent admitted they had given in. Bagdikian wrote the following: Letting advertisers influence the news is no novelty in less respected papers, but in the past it was usually done by innuendo, or quiet editing, reassignment, or firing. It has seldom before been so boldly stated and practiced in ways that typify the new contempt that some news companies feel for the professional independence of their journalists—and for the news audience.

Even Former President Bill Clinton confessed that he is a channel surfer. Viewers can surf to one channel to witness a murder. Once the murder is committed, they can go on to a car crash, a sexual encounter, or a shootout for continuing thrills. Thus channel surfing helps develop a short attention span and a need for sensationalistic stimulation. The broadcast media have adapted to as well as contributed to the fragmentation of the consciousness of the Grazing Generation. The programming on television and the cinematography in motion pictures is replete with flashy images and quick scene changes.

MUD participants engage in anonymous communication with one another. They can pretend to be someone they are really not while they interact with others in the MUD. Like most Internet users, they do not benefit from any of the social perks or consequences of reallife (“RL”) relationships in which context and proximity are crucial. MUD participants do not have to see or answer to a person they might have offended. ” Participants can choose to leave a representation of themselves in the form of a bot in the MUD before logging off to enter RL.

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