America's Meltdown: The Lowest-Common-Denominator Society by John B. Arden

By John B. Arden

As entertainers, organizations, or even the govt. pander to the bottom universal denominator, American existence turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of that means. This publication examines modern American cognizance, contemplating the criteria that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the rate of substance and depth.Celebrity information, games, cookie-cutter colleges, and buying, buying, procuring. As entertainers, companies, or even the govt. pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of that means. This publication examines modern American cognizance, contemplating the standards that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the fee of substance and depth.Arden discusses the turning out to be epidemic of acrimony, superficiality, consciousness deficit ailment, and lawsuits of ennui. He goals the explanations why American young children have expressed their stressed rage with lethal guns, why a president boasts that he earned Cs in collage, and why society has drifted into yearning leisure laced with violence and inexpensive thrills. The booklet is provocative studying for involved electorate, in addition to for students and researchers concerned with modern American tradition and society.

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The socialization provided through the social modeling witnessed on the screen breeds similar behavior. 8 Since the advent of social psychology, researchers have demonstrated that social learning has a profound influence on how we be- 34 Vicarious Living have and think about the world around us. We view our lives through the lenses that are dictated by the cultures we inhabit and behave in ways in which we believe are socially acceptable. The social modeling provided by television has served to promote an unreasonable image of what people ought to look like.

These films rarely require rigorous thought and are usually the most stylized and sensationalistic that Hollywood has to offer. The French objected to the GATT Treaty because they were concerned about the spread of these elements of American culture. Some Americans wrote off the French concern as another expression of their cultural chauvinism, but such an easy dismissal misses the point. American LCD culture is sweeping the world. As we export our media to the world, the trend is in the direction of action- and violence-packed movies.

The space allocated to commercial advertisements has proliferated. In many cases, whole pages are given to advertisements. One has to weed through hundreds of ads to look for actual news stories. To compound this decline in the quality of news, corporate downsizing has struck the news corporations just as it has many other corporations. During the mid 1980s, when many networks were taken over by multinational corporations, several foreign bureaus were trimmed or cut altogether. Virtually every news corporation has cut its investigative reports and its reporters.

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