By Neil Postman
In a sequence of feisty and finally hopeful essays, one in every of America's sharpest social critics casts a intelligent eye over modern tradition to bare the worst—and the best—of our conduct of discourse, developments in schooling, and obsessions with technological novelty. Readers will locate themselves rethinking lots of their bedrock assumptions: may still schooling transmit tradition or guard us opposed to it? Is technological innovation development or a mainly American dependancy? whilst all people watches an identical tv programs—and tv manufacturers don't discriminate among the audiences for Sesame highway and Dynasty—is adolescence something greater than a sentimental thought? Writing within the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Neil Postman sends surprise waves of wit and demanding intelligence during the cultural wilderness.
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After traveling by boat down the swollen Mogami River: The rains are gathered in a single flow And in torrents to the ocean go. After visiting a picturesque lagoon: Shallows at Shiogoshi, cool and wide Cranes hop and ponder in the tide. After viewing Lord Sanemori’s battle helmet, on display at a shrine: Sanemori, dreaded in his day— A cricket in his helmet chirps away. ” Fame Basho was at the height of his fame now—and homeless. In them he worked on Nar row Road to the Deep North and other projects; “thought about right and wrong, by lamplight at night”; and enter tained guests.
Tea would be sipped, poetry discussed. Or he would walk into town, to visit Kigin or some other friend. Even the leaking roof was part of its charm: In my banana tree, the wind’s refrain And in a bucket, the pattering of rain. A poem published in 1680 has been seen as inaugurating that style: Perched upon the withered branch, a crow. In the west, a glow. …Lounging under it, I savor the wind and rain beating on its leaves. * Whimsical pseudonyms are not unknown among writers— Mark Twain, Shalom Aleichem, Boz.
For nearly a century he knelt at his bench, turn ing out an estimated 30,000 drawings. He was the most prolific of artists—a fountain of images—a kind of mirror of the world. But his drawing abili ty was recognized; and at the age of eighteen (in 1778) he was apprenticed to Shunsho, one of Edo’s leading artists. He also married and had three children. This independence of his— along with a forceful personality—led to tensions at the stu dio; and finally he was expelled. ) Thus, Hokusai—dubbed Shunro—found himself working alongside Shunko, Shunjo, and Shunei!
Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education by Neil Postman