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Bonfire of the Humanities: Television, Subliteracy, and Long-Term Memory Loss (Television and Popular Culture) (Paperback)

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This volume 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.

David Marc is as mad as hell about some things, and he's not going to take it any longer. He finds that most university humanities programs remain top-heavy with embittered careerists who would rather deny the evidence than admit that, with the rise and popular acceptance of mass media, their most cherished interests, their techniques, and skills have become archaic. New students are treated as if they read and write as often, and for the same purposes, as their counterparts before the rise of the television camera, telephone, and communications satellite. Professors get paid. Students receive diplomas. And yet, humanities courses are the joke of the campus.

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.

About the Author

David Marc is the author of several books including Demographic Vistas: Television in American Culture, Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture and coauthor of Prime Time, Prime Movers: From I Love Lucy to L.A. Heinz Emigholz is an internationally known German artist and filmmaker and teaches at the Hochschule der Kiinste, Berlin. Susan J. Douglas is the author of Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media. She teaches at Hampshire College in the School of Communication and Cognitive Science.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780815604631
ISBN-10: 0815604637
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 1998
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Television and Popular Culture