The Age of American Unreason
A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreason focuses on the convergence of social forces-usually treated as separate entities-that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of “junk thought” that makes almost no effort to separate fact from opinion.
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I loved this book: it has earned a bookplate and a permanent spot on my overly crowded shelves. That said, Jacoby writes much more persuasively when she's discussing ignorance in politics and faith ... Read full review
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You know the old saying - better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it. It's as true as ever but these days Americans are finding it both hard to keep the mouth ... Read full review
Intellect and Ignorance
three Social Pseudoscience in the Morning
four Reds Pinkos Fellow Travelers
Youth Culture and Celebrity Culture
eight The New OldTime Religion
nine Junk Thought