[The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK


  • Hardcover
  • 224
  • The Middle Mind
  • Curtis White
  • English
  • 04 April 2018
  • 9780060524364

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Review ¿ The Middle Mind ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Logy and religionThe Middle Mind is pragmatic plainspoken populist contemptuous of the right's narrowness and incredulous before the left's convolutions It wants to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and has bought an SUV with the intent of visiting it It even understands in some indistinct way how that very SUV spells the Arctic's doomThe Middle Mind is not about left or right highbrow or lowbrow academia or pop culture; in fact it pervades society without discrimination The danger is not in a specific point of view but rather in how the Middle Mind thrives in the common ground of unuestioned mediocrity All we seem to ask about th. An epically frustrating book I expected the book to be about the ills of the progressive suburban mind the thoughts of those people who drive around listening to Terri Gross on NPR or watch to Charlie Rose with rapt attention and it kind of is but mainly it s 200 pages and thankfully not longer of Curtis White railing against the world Sometimes there is some rather insightful commentary Nice critiues include how the Terri GrossCharlie Rose interview true artists and hacks with the same reverence and how the Cultural Studies major flattens distinctions These critiues however need to be separated from borderline brain damaged ideas throughout the book A couple of these comments is how we are supposed to hate cars because they ve killed 3M in the past 30 years Dr White seems to have forgotten how many people would have died had say transportation didn t deliver you food at your grocery stores or how scientists all build weapons for our military overlords and disclaim any responsibility forgetting those nice folks who I don t know cured leprosy and polioAnd White s grand prescription is read Derrida This is not to say that Derrida may not help us become better people I haven t read any Derrida so I am not going to make any claims but that this would be the kneejerk suggestion that one would expect from someone teaching English at the university level which he is For a book whose subtitle is Why Americans Don t Think For Themselves it seems that White s perspective is prototypical for someone with an English PhD White just spouts those banal English PhD lines but somehow thinks his book has much original and correct thought than it actually doesLife if you want to look at it in all its complexity is extremely difficult and overwhelming and it s really necessary that one needs to simplify it in order to get through the day What I was hoping for was a critiue on how a dominant class of people simplifies life in a rather poor way and some thoughtful and new suggestions on how to fix those simplifications Instead I was treated with mostly slipshod invective with a couple good ideas thrown in and a rather poor suggestion that will do nothing to make those Middle Minds lives materially better

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Review ¿ The Middle Mind ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook What do George W Bush the Ivory Tower Steven Spielberg and Terry Gross have in commonDoes a political scandal make for good news copyDoes network programming allow us to unwind from a day's workDoes the art at the local museum make for pleasant cocktail conversationAn unflinching and wry look at the dumbing down of the American imaginationIn this groundbreaking and incisive exploration acclaimed social critic Curtis White describes an all encompassing and little noticed force taking over our culture and our lives White calls this force the Middle Mind the current failure of the American imagination in the media politics education art techno. I had no real urge to read this wasn t even considering reading this approaching the weekend turnbuckle and then one hasty ill considered decision made in the leg hopping throes of imminent dumpage meant that Barrett and Kagan received a notice of postponement while I attended myself as uickly as possible mind to this infuriatingly readable thing an ode to giving Terry Gross and Charlie Rose and all of their cud chewing middle minded followers an overdue beat down in the hope of snapping them out of their stupor White here reminds me somewhat of John Ralston Saul and with than a passing nod to William Henry s In Defense of Elitism that highbrow brow beating from an irascible critic singing a similar song in a different key though the author here is scattershot in his tactics if generally coherent in his strategy than the wordier Saul Aside from how their scorn for those power grabbing imagination stultifying elites manifests itself in ways both complimentary and antithetical to each other and both make a pitch at the populist angle while displaying a confused understanding of those masses they desire to reach White finds eual fault in the complicity of that average citizen whereas JRS deems the latter to have been mislead misdirected and misused by those specialized seneschals of the late capitalist consensus And to a greater degree than his Canadian peer in the pungent polemic White evinces consistency in his role as a hit and miss artist at times achieving both within the same paragraph let alone on the same pageAt the very outset White declares the tripartite goals he set out to achieve in the publishing of this thin slice of well bred to make something beautiful to misbehave and to be persuasive IMO the first two were realized to an appreciable amount but it s in the third where he falters As other reviews have pointed out there is much wisdom and much that is of worth in what White has to say about the leveling down of both American culture and the visions of what the country can and should be but he s also prone to talking out of his ass proves insufferable in his own cloistered vantage point and boldly passes judgement upon subjects he d have been better advised to consider at further length Let s face it just try to imagine what a nation filled with citizens raised since childhood on postmodern theory the endpoint of one of White s bang shang a lang proposals would actually be like you d reuire an hour of deconstruction and histrionic argument just to get someone to pass the ketchup Indeed it is conceivable that the opposing case could be made that a certain level of ignorance andor apathy on the part of the general populace is a necessary ingredient for the functionality of a capitalist democracy comprising some three hundred plus millions of people Further it is uite clear from White s own words that he deems it obvious that his preferred society one in which the citizenry seriously undertake to educate themselves in order to be able to assess what is transpiring within on a daily basis and contemplate what course changes should be implemented as well as attuning themselves to cultural and societal freuencies that would unleash the fertility and harness the potentiality of each citizen s imaginative and creative abilities would arrive at conclusions similar to his own He evinces little understanding of the reality that a Middle Mindless populace might find themselves drawn towards ideologies and cultural memes and creative directions antithetical to what White would prefer a failing common amongst thinkers that I have espied throughout the ages whatever location on the ideological spectrum they may occupy Now with all of that said I would still endorse White s book Aesthetically it proved a pleasure to imbibe and whatever the failures White has suffered within they are failures he absolutely understood were potential within his wide ranging plaint To a certain extent they are revealing to whit early on he describes the postmodern professoriate as being a Dungeons Dragons cult In a footnote White admits that he is unclear about this metaphor s accuracy and in point of fact the analogy does not work but it serves as a useful example of how White operates at several points within In his mind DD being something about which he knows nothing but nonetheless holds in utter contempt presents itself as being appropriate as a derogatory descriptor of ivory tower aesthetes Barreling straight ahead regardless of whether one is full of shit at such points the Middle Mind doesn t seem to have much on the author However in the end such sidebars are of less importance than the fact that the book s persistent prickliness and pointed poking is a purposeful tactic meant to provoke the reader at the very least into serious contemplation of the points White has made andor raised even where middling or muddied and with that in mind the author should consider The Middle Mind a modest success

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Review ¿ The Middle Mind ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook E culture we experience is whether it's entertainingWhite argues that we have forgotten how to read to watch to think for ourselves Because it is neutral widespread and easily digestible the Middle Mind has lulled the American imagination to sleep As we sit comfortably amused and distracted just outside the door there is an immediate crisis of a nation blindly following the path of least resistance Irreverent provocative and far reaching White presents a clear vision of this dangerous mindset that threatens America's intellectual and cultural freedoms concluding with an imperative to reawaken and unleash the once powerful American imaginati. It s hard to know how to rate this book On the one hand I think the author s basic ideas are extremely important we need to think change and not just be content to passively consume media in order to feed our human need for creativity But I would have found his arguments much convincing had he given examples Instead each point is based on a single rant against some moviecriticshowetc that the author doesn t like I wasn t familiar with many of these so I could only take his word for it It s like the book was based on just a handful of rants upon which a theory was constructed it seemed weak Also his disdain for Nick Hornby s music reviews bothered me He looks down at Hornby because Hornby wants music to get this SOUND GOOD scoff I did like his movie interpretations but on the whole he comes across as a pretentious snob Much of this book was very abstract and theoretical without sufficient examples and I had a hard time focussing His definition of The Middle Mind was a bit vague as well I feel like the author had a bunch of good ideas but they would be much better as tightly edited and theoretically expanded articles the book was based on articles in the first place I guess


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    Free read The Middle Mind [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK I have been at war with ‘middlebrow’ novels for a while now or publishers that sell novels with pastoral covers and wistful bucolic pictures This stretches into an innate loathing of the acceptance of unoriginal topical and con

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    Free read The Middle Mind [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK Read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Curtis White I had no real urge to read this wasn't even considering reading this approaching the weekend turnbuckle and then one hasty ill considered decision made in the leg hopping throes of imminent dumpage meant that Barrett and Kagan received a notice of postponement while I attended myself as uickly as possible mind to this infuriatingly readable thing an ode to giving Terry Gross and Charlie Rose and all of their cud chewi

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    Read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Curtis White [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK Curtis White does not clearly define the Middle Mind or clearly explain Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves For example he does not define an Upper Mind or a Lower Mind and he does not explain how Americans think for someone other than themselves Much is unclear in this rambling jumble which includes little sociological or sc

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    [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK Free read The Middle Mind An epically frustrating book I expected the book to be about the ills of the progressive suburban mind the thoughts of those people who drive around listening to Terri Gross on NPR or watch to Charlie Rose with rapt atten

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    Free read The Middle Mind Curtis White É 0 Read & download [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK I read this a long time ago it was a nineties version critiue of middlebrow culture back when people at least a dwindling few made such distinctions between highbrow Lowbrow and the middlebrow Phenomena of iSnobs intellectual snob wh

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    [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK Read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Curtis White The first few dozen pages seem really promising but it's all downhill from there He comes off as talking out his ass about half the time and if

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    Read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Curtis White [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK Curtis White É 0 Read & download I re read this because I liked how Curtis White lays out his argument; I had the same disgust at Saving Private Ryan and the people I saw it with reacted much like those friends White talks aboutThis book isn't densely argued hedged by authorities or written at a low temperature though I'm sure it could be intemperate It's not meant to be cautious but to provoke thought though it can also provoke despair and it succeeds

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    Read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Curtis White [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK He was my teacher at Illinois State so a grain of saltThe best teacher I've ever had Old school he talked we listened We asked uestions he always had answers Plus he once called a hairdo he had in the 60s a haircut of despair Which is still the funniest thing

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    Free read The Middle Mind Read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Curtis White Curtis White É 0 Read & download It's hard to know how to rate this book On the one hand I think the author's basic ideas are extremely important we need to think change and not just be content to passively consume media in order to feed our human need for creativity But I would have found his arguments much convincing had he given examples Instead each point is

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    Curtis White É 0 Read & download Read ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É Curtis White [The Middle Mind] PDF/EBOOK White is swiftly becoming one of my favorite contrarian thinkers In this book he takes on the notion of the Middle Mind what he views as an intellectual and imaginative shallows of Western and particularly American life and culture In essence the Middle Mind is a place where any thought is permissible so long as it doesn

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