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All Consuming March 27, 2009

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For at least the past thirty years the media, as well as participatory entities on Wall Street and Hollywood, have rarely referred to the American people as citizens. We were consumers, or as some would term it, rational purchasing agents. But isn’t there something strange, and something perhaps a little unhealthy for the collective psyche, about the population of the world’s oldest democracy—citizens—being cast so actively into a role that means (according to Webster’s):

 1. to do away with completely: DESTROY 2a: to spend wastefully: SQUANDER; b USE UP 3. to eat or drink esp. in great quantity. 4. to engage fully: engross vi 1. to waste or burn away: PERISH (more…)

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TV Timelessness March 27, 2009

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Participation in representations of human reality are a very poor substitute for participation in actual human reality and it seems, now that we’ve had TV around long enough to study its effects socially and psychologically, that it produces distortions and deficits in personality that weren’t around in pre-TV generations. (more…)

Universalism Matters March 27, 2009

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Multiculturalists assume that the outward physical and cultural differences between peoples amount to unbridgeable differences of bias and understanding rooted deep in ethnic origins and local culture and that the only way to exist in the world is to tolerate essential difference and appreciate that difference by way of mutual respect. (more…)