Bonfire of the Humanities: Television, Subliteracy, and Long-Term Memory Loss

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Syracuse University Press, Jul 1, 1998 - Performing Arts - 192 pages
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The inaugural volume in The Television Series focuses on the relationship between the rise of the multi-media environment - television and electronic media - and the decline of the humanities in academia, the changing role of print literacy, and the disintegration of historical consciousness. In analyzing the decline of the humanities on college campuses, Marc covers a wide range of issues, including political correctness, the growing tolerance of academic cheating, and institutionalized grade inflation.
  

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Contents

A Viewer in the City
11
Love It or Leave It
25
The Past in the Age of Television
47
Culture Without Context
65
The Emergence of Television Criticism 1920 to 1988
87
Eight Meditations on Couch Potato Stasis Social Mobility
109
Distribution Is Everything
129
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About the author (1998)

David Marc is a writer and editor who teaches at Syracuse University and Le Moyne College. He is the author of "Demographic Vist"as (1984; 1996), "Comic Visions" (1989; Blackwell, 1997) and "Bonfire of the Humanities" (1995).

Robert J. Thompson is a Professor at Syracuse University, where he heads the Center for the Study of Popular Television at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. His books include "Adventures on Prime Time" (1990) and "Television's Second Golden Age" (1996).

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