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A Do-It-Yourself Dystopia: The Americanization of Big Brother
     

A Do-It-Yourself Dystopia: The Americanization of Big Brother

by Steven Carter
 

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The essence of life in an oligarchy like George Orwell presents in "1984" is that freedom of choice is virtually non existent. But what happens when so many trivial and meaningless choices inundate a culture such as our own and freedom itself becomes devalued? In "A Do-It-Yourself Dystopia", through a variety of essays, Steven Carter addresses this and other issues

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The essence of life in an oligarchy like George Orwell presents in "1984" is that freedom of choice is virtually non existent. But what happens when so many trivial and meaningless choices inundate a culture such as our own and freedom itself becomes devalued? In "A Do-It-Yourself Dystopia", through a variety of essays, Steven Carter addresses this and other issues in a wide ranging search for hidden oligarchies of the American self.

Author Biography: Steven Carter is Professor of English at California State University in Bakersfield.

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In this collection of essays (some previously published in various journals), Carter (California State University-Bakersfield) explores what happens when so many trivial and meaningless choices inundate our culture that the principle of freedom becomes devalued, much as the value of hard currency is threatened when counterfeit money floods the economy. Carter won the International Essay Prize in 2000, and was a former Senior Fulbright Fellow in Poland. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780761817291
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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