Readings for the 21st Century: Tomorrow's Issues for Today's Students / Edition 4

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This is an anthology of readings of varying lengths, styles, and points of view, all of which are unified by the common theme of the future. With lively classic and contemporary writings, this reader addresses a broad spectrum of life in the United States and how that life is changing as the global power structure shifts to other regions of the world. It invites readers to consider themselves in direct relation to the issues and problems that will face this generation. Each chapter begins with a classic essay by a well-known author in order to provide a historical perspective on the theme. What follows is a balance of work from celebrated writers like Pete Hamill, Camille Paglia, and Amy Tan, and leaders from the world of business and media including Bill Gates, Oliver Stone, and Al Gore. In addition, selections are included from fresh young writers not yet famous, but who write with authority about subjects of immediate interest to today's readers. Anyone with an interest in writing and composition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205300228
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 407
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

* Denotes selections new to this edition.

All chapters begin with "The Past as Prologue" and conclude with "Making Connections."


1.American Culture at the End of Century: Style and Substance in the Shape of Things to Come.

Tom Wolfe, A Eulogy for the Twentieth Century.

Charles Oliver, Box of Babel?

* Leslie Savan, Questions for Commercials.

* Herman Daughtry, Who Will Weep for Tupac?

* Florida M'tumi Wilcox, No More Tupacs 4 Us.

* Oliver Stone, Splinters to the Brain.

Frank Zappa, On Junk Food for the Soul: In Defense of Rock and Roll.

2.American Life in the Information Age: The Cybersociety of Tomorrow.

Daniel Czitrom, from Media and the American Mind.

* Heather Havrilesky, Thinking outside the Mailbox.

* Mark K. Anderson, Y2K: The Year the Computers Strike Back.

* DeJuan Walker, The Internet in Black and White.

John Perry Barlow, Is There a There in Cyberspace?

Sadie Plant, Babes in the Net.

Clifford Stoll, from Silicone Snake Oil.

William E. Halal and Jay Leibowitz, Telelearning: The Multimedia Revolution in Education.

3.Ecology for the 21st Century:
You and the Earth of Tomorrow.

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring: A Fable for Our Time.

Albert Gore, Jr., Ecology: The New Sacred Agenda.

Annie Dillard, In the Jungle.

Ronald Bailey, Seven Doomsday Myths about the Environment.

Bill McKibben, Not So Fast.

Norman Myers, Reforest the Earth!

4.Careers for the 21st Century:
The Workplace of the Future.

* Benjamin Franklin, Starting out in Business.

* Jim Frederick, Internment Camp.

* Tom Frank, The End of Labor.

* Cathy Young, The War on Sexual Harassment: Protection or Witch-Hunt.

* Pop, Dining with Cannibals.

* Lotte Absence, Sub-Middle Management Worksick Blues.

Ira Magaziner and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Will America Choose High Skills or Low Wages?

5.Human Life and Human Technology: Medical Issues for the 21st Century.

Lewis Thomas, 1933 Medicine.

* Virginia Postrel, Fatalist Attraction.

Peter Jaret, Beyond Prozac.

* Greg Beato, What Are You, on Drugs?

* Jack Kevorkian, from Prescription Medicine.

Natalie Angier, The Gene Dream.

Katha Pollitt, When Is a Mother Not a Mother?

6.Feminine Gender -- Future Tense: Women's Issues for the 21st Century.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Solitude of Self.

Camille Paglia, It's a Jungle out There, So Get Used to It!

Susan Faludi, Whose Hype?

Deborah Fallows, Why Mothers Should Stay Home.

bell hooks, Feminism -- It's a Black Thang!

Madeleine L'Engle, Shake the Universe.

7.American Education for the Twenty-First Century: Learning and Unlearning for the Future.

Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write.

* Bill Gates, Linked up for Learning.

* Neil Postman, from The End of Education.

* Robin Marantz Henig, Dumbing Down.

Patricia Kean, Blowing up the Tracks.

Tertius Chandler, Education -- Less of It!

8.The Millenial Melting Pot -- Race and Equality in America's Future.

The Past as Prologue -- Malcolm X, The Ballot or the Bullet.

Ali Ahmad, "What Then Is an American?"

Maya Angelou, The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends toward Justice.

Amy Tan, Mother Tongue.

Ernesto Galarza, Barrio Boy.

Jennifer Juarez Robles, Tribes and Tribulations.

Ryzsard Kapuscinski, America as a Collage.

9.Social Issues Present and Future: "Keeping It Real" in the New Century.

* G.K. Chesterton, The Fear of the Past.

* Pete Hamill, A Confederacy of Complainers.

* Tim Cavenaugh, Keeping to Our Own Kind.

* Silja Talvi, The Case for Sex Work.

Ted Peters, Not in My Backyard! The Waste-Disposal Crisis.

James A. Haught, The Code of the Universe.

Aldous Huxley, Liberty, Quality, Machinery.

Rhetorical Index.

Author Index.

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