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This affordable new reader from best-selling author Gary Goshgarian provides a wide-ranging collection of contemporary readings—almost 80% written in the 21st century--designed to get today’s students talking—and writing.
With chapters focusing on complex, current issues like global warming, media influence, and immigration, Readings for Today offers a wide range of contemporary opinion by journalists, academics, and public figures like Peggy Orenstein, David Brooks, Charles Murray, and Al Gore.
Chapter 1: The Images We Project
John Cloud, “Never Too Buff”
Garance Franke-Ruta, “The Natural Beauty Myth”
Niranjana Iyer, “Weight of the World”
Alisa Valdes, “My Hips, My Caderas”
VIEWPOINTS: Scott McKeen, “A Man’s Guide to Slimming Couture”
VIEWPOINTS: Catherine Lawson, “Why Do We Get to Laugh at Fat Guys?”
Chapter 2: Wanting It, Selling It
Robert J. Samuelson, Shop ‘til We Drop?
Peggy Orenstein, What’s Wrong with Cinderella?
Douglas Rushkoff, “A Brand by Any Other Name”
James Twitchell, Lux Populi
VIEWPOINTS: William Lutz, “With These Words I Can Sell You Anything”
VIEWPOINTS: Charles A. O’Neill, “The Language of Advertising”
Chapter 3: The American Family in Flux
Betty G. Farrell, “Family: Idea, Institution, and Controversy”
James Wilson, “The Decline of Marriage”
Stephanie Coontz, “For Better, For Worse”
David Popenoe & Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, The Cultural Devaluation of Child-Rearing
VIEWPOINTS: Andrew Sullivan, “Why The ‘M’ Word Matters to Me”
VIEWPOINTS: Margaret A. Somerville, “The Case Against Same Sex Marriage”
Chapter 4: Television’s Influence
Jane Rosenzweig, “Can TV Improve Us?”
Andrew O'Hehir, The Myth of Media Violence
The Great TV Debate, Jason Kelly
Heather Havrilesky, Three Cheers for Reality TV
VIEWPOINTS: AAP Recommends No Television for Children
VIEWPOINTS: Ariel Gore, “TV Can Be a Good Parent”
Chapter 5: The Global Warming Debate
Al Gore, Global Warming Is an Immediate Crisis
Richard S. Lindzen, Don't Believe the Hype
Pew Research Center, Global Warming: A Divide on Causes and Solutions
VIEWPOINTS: Ellen Goodman, No change in political climate
VIEWPOINTS: Dennis Prager, On Comparing Global Warming Denial to Holocaust Denial
Chapter6: Exploring the Gender Gap
Madeleine Begun Kane, “My Most Attractive Adversary”
Scott Russell Sanders, “The Men We Carry in Our Minds”
Lyz Baranowski, “Girls, We Really Are Our Own Worst Enemies”
Lindsay Johns, In Search of Notorious PhDs
VIEWPOINTS: Linda Hirshman, Homeward Bound
VIEWPOINTS: David Brooks, The Year of Domesticity
Chapter 7: The University System
Jeffrey Hart, How to Get a College Education
Alicia C. Shepard, A’s for Everyone!
John H. McWhorter, Who Should Get into College?
Charles Murray, What’s Wrong with Vocational School?
VIEWPOINTS: Charles Lawrence III, Regulating Racist Speech on Campus (Charles Lawrence III)
VIEWPOINTS: Harvey Silverglate, Muzzling Free Speech
Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity
Alan Jenkins, Inequality, Race and Remedy
David Brooks, “People Like Us”
Jordan Lite, “Please Ask Me ‘Who,’ Not ‘What’ I Am”
Don Terry, Getting Under My Skin
VIEWPOINTS: Steve Chapman, The Racial Profiling Myth Lives On
VIEWPOINTS: Eugene Robinson, “You have the right to remain a target of racial profiling”
Chapter 9: The Immigration Debate:
Gregory Rodriguez, Forging a New Vision for America’s Meltingpot
Victor Davis Hanson, Do We Want Mexifornia?
David M. Kennedy, Can We Still Afford to be a Nation of Immigrants?
Tomás R. Jiménez, The Next Americans
VIEWPOINTS: James Crawford, A Nation Divided by One Language
VIEWPOINTS:Gabriella Kuntz, My Spanish Standoff