By Susan Jacoby
Combining historic research with modern commentary, Susan Jacoby dissects a brand new American cultural phenomenon--one that's at odds with our background of Enlightenment cause and with sleek, secular wisdom and technological know-how. With mordant wit, she surveys an anti-rationalist panorama extending from popular culture to a pseudo-intellectual universe of "junk thought." Disdain for good judgment and facts defines a pervasive malaise fostered by means of the mass media, triumphalist spiritual fundamentalism, mediocre public schooling, a dearth of fair-minded public intellectuals at the correct and the left, and, principally, a lazy and credulous public.
Jacoby bargains an unsparing indictment of the yank dependancy to infotainment--from tv to the Web--and cites this poisonous dependency because the significant point distinguishing our present age of unreason from prior outbreaks of yank anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism. With studying at the decline and clinical and old illiteracy at the upward thrust, an more and more ignorant public sq. is ruled by way of debased media-driven language and acquired opinion.
At this serious political juncture, not anything will be extra very important than spotting the "overarching concern of reminiscence and knowledge" defined during this impassioned, tough-minded ebook, which demanding situations americans to stand the painful fact approximately what the flights from cause has price us as participants and as a kingdom.