America's Meltdown: The Lowest-Common-Denominator Society / Edition 1

America's Meltdown: The Lowest-Common-Denominator Society / Edition 1

by John B. Arden
     
 

As entertainers, corporations, and even the government pander to the lowest common denominator, American life becomes increasingly vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of meaning. This book examines contemporary American consciousness, considering the factors that have driven society toward gossip and sensationalism at the cost of substance and

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As entertainers, corporations, and even the government pander to the lowest common denominator, American life becomes increasingly vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of meaning. This book examines contemporary American consciousness, considering the factors that have driven society toward gossip and sensationalism at the cost of substance and depth.

Celebrity news, video games, cookie-cutter schools, and shopping, shopping, shopping. As entertainers, corporations, and even the government pander to the lowest common denominator, American life becomes increasingly vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of meaning. This book examines contemporary American consciousness, considering the factors that have driven society toward gossip and sensationalism at the cost of substance and depth.

Arden discusses the growing epidemic of acrimony, superficiality, attention deficit disorder, and complaints of ennui. He targets the reasons why American children have expressed their confused rage with deadly weapons, why a president boasts that he earned Cs in college, and why society has drifted into craving entertainment laced with violence and cheap thrills. The book is provocative reading for concerned citizens, as well as for scholars and researchers involved with contemporary American culture and society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275976392
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

The Lowest Common Denominator

Cyber Spaced

Vicarious Living

Infotainment

Retail Government

Lock and Load

The Bottom of the Barrel

Shopping and Dropping

Men and Women Are from Earth

Hyped Sports

Waging the Soul

Punching the Clock

McMedicine

Shrink Wrap

Dumbsizing the Schools

Mall Art

The Spiritual Supermarket

Transcending the Meltdown

Rebuilding the Future

Notes

Further Reading

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