Do It Yourself Dystopia Rev Ed (Rev)

Do It Yourself Dystopia Rev Ed (Rev)

by Steven Carter
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761822714
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
04/09/2002
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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