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

By John B. Arden

As entertainers, agencies, or even the govt. pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of which means. This booklet examines modern American awareness, contemplating the standards that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the rate of substance and depth.Celebrity information, games, cookie-cutter colleges, and procuring, procuring, procuring. As entertainers, firms, 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 ebook examines modern American attention, contemplating the standards that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the fee of substance and depth.Arden discusses the starting to be epidemic of acrimony, superficiality, cognizance deficit disease, and proceedings of ennui. He goals the explanations why American kids have expressed their harassed 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 e-book is provocative examining for involved voters, in addition to for students and researchers concerned with modern American tradition and society.

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At another level, viewers stir themselves up through the tension and strife depicted in the show. A new type of voyeurism began in 2000 with “Real TV,” which stretches the boundaries between imagination and reality. Real TV viewers are offered the opportunity to see people who are not acting but playing “real parts”—themselves. These real (or unreal) actors compete with one another in provocative and sensationalistic situations. The early pioneer of Real TV was the NBC hit Survivor. This program was essentially a raunchy soap opera that featured the same cast of characters, less one, each episode.

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Each scene lasts no more than a few seconds. Television producers know that a child’s attention span is shorter than that of an adult. To reach the largest possible viewing audience, they exploit the child’s short attention span. However, the new programs do not just match the current low attention span level of chil- 44 Vicarious Living dren but shoot to the LCD. In this way, children’s programming breaks new low ground, and few children escape the quicksand. The popular cable channel Music Television (MTV) represents the new generation of media formatting.

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