Do It Yourself Dystopia Rev Ed (Rev)

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Casting a wary eye on American culture, Carter (California State U.) suggests that Orwell's nightmare has come to fruition in a distinctly American form. Big Brother's thought control, warns Carter in a series of nine essays, is springing spontaneously from our linguistic and cultural practices. The divorce of language from meaning, the contribution of public relations and marketing to an inability to examine real value, the societal suppression of passion, and the rapid assimilation and subversion of countercultures are among the themes addressed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761822714
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/9/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword: Orwell Contra Huxley xi
Chapter 1 Democracy and Doublethink 1
Chapter 2 Newspeak for a New Millennium 29
Chapter 3 The Despair of Possibility 43
Chapter 4 The Bones of "Saint" Hermann Goering 55
Intermission: A Country of Dreadful Joy
Intermission I TV and the Telescreen 67
Intermission II On Being Silent 77
Chapter 5 The Masks of Passion 83
Chapter 6 Alexander's Bitter Tears 95
Chapter 7 Leopards in the Temple 113
L'Envoi: The Rites of Memory 129
Bibliography 149
Index 159
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