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Coming Apart? Cultural Distances in the United States over Time
"We analyze temporal trends in cultural distance between groups in the US defined by income, education, gender, race, and political ideology. We measure cultural distance between two groups as the ability to infer an individual's group based on his or her (i) media consumption, (ii) consumer behavior, (iii) time use, or (iv) social attitudes. Gender difference in time use decreased between 1965 and 1995 and has remained constant since. Differences in social attitudes by political ideology and income have increased over the last four decades. Whites and non-whites have converged somewhat on attitudes but have diverged in consumer behavior. For all other demographic divisions and cultural dimensions, cultural distance has been broadly constant over time."
american-studies  america  culture  culture-war  class  partisanship 
july 2018 by tsuomela
What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left | New Republic
book  review  alt-right  culture-war  online  anonymous  activism  tactics  critical-theory 
july 2017 by tsuomela
in which I sum up my posts on the recent controversies in academia – Snakes and Ladders
"I have been trying for a while now, and in multiple locations, to articulate an argument about recent modes of student disaffection in American universities. I think there is a bright, strong thread linking the “trigger warning” debates of last year with the student protests of this year. In an ideal world I’d turn these thoughts into a short book, or at least a very long article, but for now I’m just going to have to link the posts together into a virtual unity."
students  academia  protests  2015  culture  culture-war  triggers 
january 2016 by tsuomela
State of the American Mind | Templeton Press
"In 1987, Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind was published; a wildly popular book that drew attention to the shift in American culture away from the tenets that made America—and Americans—unique. Bloom focused on a breakdown in the American curriculum, but many sensed that the issue affected more than education. The very essence of what it meant to be an American was disappearing. That was over twenty years ago. Since then, the United States has experienced unprecedented wealth, more youth enrolling in higher education than ever before, and technology advancements far beyond what many in the 1980s dreamed possible. And yet, the state of the American mind seems to have deteriorated further. Benjamin Franklin’s “self-made man” has become a man dependent on the state. Independence has turned into self-absorption. Liberty has been curtailed in the defense of multiculturalism.  In order to fully grasp the underpinnings of this shift away from the self-reliant, well-informed American, editors Mark Bauerlein and Adam Bellow have brought together a group of cultural and educational experts to discuss the root causes of the decline of the American mind. The writers of these fifteen original essays include E. D. Hirsch, Nicholas Eberstadt, and Dennis Prager, as well as Daniel Dreisbach, Gerald Graff, Richard Arum, Robert Whitaker, David T. Z. Mindich, Maggie Jackson, Jean Twenge, Jonathan Kay, Ilya Somin, Steve Wasserman, Greg Lukianoff, and R. R. Reno. Their essays are compiled into three main categories:"
book  publisher  culture  culture-war  american-studies  america  knowledge  education 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Benedict Option | The American Conservative
Rod Dreher's posts on the "Benedict Option" - people of Christian faith withdrawing from America because the culture war is lost, the social justice warriors won.
culture-war  conservatism  conservative  american-studies  religion  evangelical 
april 2015 by tsuomela
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate
"What we have in Gamergate is a glimpse of how these skirmishes will unfold in the future—all the rhetorical weaponry and siegecraft of an internet comment section brought to bear on our culture, not just at the fringes but at the center. What we're seeing now is a rehearsal, where the mechanisms of a toxic and inhumane politics are being tested and improved. Tomorrow's Lee Atwater will work through sock puppets on IRC. Tomorrow's Sister Souljah will get shouted down with rape threats. Tomorrow's Tipper Gore will make an inexplicably popular YouTube video. Tomorrow's Willie Horton ad will be an image macro, tomorrow's Borking a doxing, tomorrow's Moral Majority a loose coalition of DoSers and robo-petitioners and scat-GIF trolls—all of them working feverishly in service of the old idea that nothing should ever really change."
games  online  culture  culture-war  journalism  media  business  controversy  trolling 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Data Comes to the Culture Wars
"Neil Gross’s Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? enters the ongoing debate about the position and role of the academy in American life at a high-stakes moment. Critics and defenders disagree over how much, and at what cost, higher education is implicated in our fractious political culture. They wrangle over the university’s place in an increasingly privatized public sphere. Should it be a haven from or responsive to market imperatives? The hand-wringing and finger-wagging intensifies nowadays every time committees are hastily called to assess the mysterious causes of dwindling enrollments in the humanities, or departmental chairs receive “advice” from administrators to be open to educational “innovations” like replacing faculty with online courses."
book  review  academia  politics  political-correctness  culture-war  faculty  liberal 
april 2013 by tsuomela
I Love You but You're Going to Hell
"The goal is not to convert people to the other side. Rather, it is to overcome the mutual bewilderment and demonization that can happen when each side hears the arguments of the other. It is to get over the kind of assumption that anyone who holds those other positions must be stupid or evil."
weblog-individual  ideas  history  intellectual  conflict  culture-war  understanding 
august 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: The Culture Wars: Notes Towards a Working Definition
"Most scholars understand the culture wars to have been ephemeral. I argue against that consensus. Although the culture wars were emotional, overstated, and often hyperbolic, they were not necessarily a proxy for more important developments. Rather, I contend that the culture wars are best understood as the terrain that allowed Americans in the 1980s and 1990s to acknowledge, if not accept, the transformations to American life wrought by the tumultuous developments of the 1960s and 1970s. Most explicitly, the culture wars granted Americans space to articulate new understandings of American life in the context of the altered landscapes of race, gender, and religion. Through the culture wars, Americans found new forms of solidarity in the face of an increasingly rudderless and fragmented culture that threw into doubt all foundations. I contend that the culture wars, then, are the defining narrative of postmodern America. "
culture-war  history  intellectual  1990s  1980s  political-correctness  american-studies  american  definition  culture 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Michael Bérubé for Democracy Journal: The Science Wars Redux
"Fifteen years ago, it seemed to me that the Sokal Hoax was making that kind of deal impossible, deepening the “two cultures” divide and further estranging humanists from scientists. Now, I think it may have helped set the terms for an eventual rapprochement, leading both humanists and scientists to realize that the shared enemies of their enterprises are the religious fundamentalists who reject all knowledge that challenges their faith and the free-market fundamentalists whose policies will surely scorch the earth. "
culture-war  science-wars  science  history  political-correctness  1990s  postmodernism  critical-theory 
february 2011 by tsuomela
The Monkey Cage: The red-state, blue-state war is happening in the upper half of the income distribution
"Or, as Ross Douthat put it in an op-ed yesterday:

This means that a culture war that's often seen as a clash between liberal elites and a conservative middle America looks more and more like a conflict within the educated class -- pitting Wheaton and Baylor against Brown and Bard, Redeemer Presbyterian Church against the 92nd Street Y, C. S. Lewis devotees against the Philip Pullman fan club."
political-science  statistics  class  culture-war  income-distribution 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: While Defending Sanity on Saturday - Bring Along (Decent & Smart) Capitalism
The dawn of the 21st century saw the first US leadership that directly and deliberately undermined the basic source of our power and strength, as well as the health of the Middle Class.  The font from which we took IN so much wealth that we were able to uplift the world, through trade.

Can we believe this? Whether this parsimonious explanation is true -- that it was done deliberately -- or else the preposterous story that is believed by nearly everybody -- that such a perfect record of harm to the United States was wreaked unintentionally, out of staggeringly uniform and manic stupidity -- either way, the harm has been grievous. And it is ongoing.
culture-war  reactionary  conservatism  politics 
november 2010 by tsuomela
“I’m committed to the destruction of the old media guard.” ABC News and Andrew Breitbart. » Pressthink
But this deluded and criminally naive estimate could only move forward because pro journalists equate “we are not allowing ourselves to think politically” with a commitment to truth, fairness and informational integrity. That equation is false, its reasoning rotten. The American press simply has to wake up to the fact that it has enemies within the political culture. Why is this so hard to grasp? Agnew was one, and the children of Agnew are now many. Culture war and the paranoid style in American politics cannot operate without elites to rage against. A growing portion of the Republican coalition has thus incorporated into its day-to-day agenda an attack on the establishment press. That’s what being “committed to the destruction of the old media guard” means.
news  journalism  media  culture-war  right-wing  conservatism  fairness  ideology  enemies 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Notes from New Sodom: The Lost Airbender
What does it mean to steal a lifestyle? To take up and use, without permission, a lifestyle that belongs to another?
Well, what does it mean to take up and use a lifestyle?
culture  culture-war  theory  appropriation  orientalism  title(LastAirbender)  review 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change - A War on Expertise
David Brin on experts and climate science - "Chris Mooney documents how relentless this agenda has been, in The Republican War on Science. Though, let's be fair. If films like Avatar are any indication, a variant of dour anti-scientific fever rages on the left, as well.

This is the context in which we should reconsider the Climate Change Denial Movement. While murky in its scientific assertions -- (some claim the Earth isn't warming, while others say the ice-free Arctic won't be any of our doing) -- the core contention remains remarkably consistent. It holds that the 99% of atmospheric scientists who believe in GCC are suborned, stupid, incompetent, conspiratorial or untrustworthy hacks."
climate  global-warming  expertise  public-policy  science  culture-war  history  scientism  technocracy  conspiracy  deceit 
february 2010 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Vincible GooFiness
These "exposés" of alleged Satanism in rock & roll are full of stupid, unbelievable assertions. This, sadly, makes them relevant for considering what has become one of the most urgent political issues of our time -- the widespread embrace of stupid, unbelievable claims. The GooFi videos are helpful because they let us consider this phenomenon in a nonpartisan context without the complicating passions of politics.
religion  fundamentalism  evangelical  culture  culture-war  satanism  expose  movies 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Culture Shock - Charles Homans
about the short life and death of Culture11.
conservatism  culture  culture-war 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Design Observer
They will not mention, in short, the extraordinary role the development of a self-contained and self-conscious conservative culture played in transforming the politics of the United States. One way to define "culture" is not as a set of ideas or a static social code, but rather as the performances people enact in their everyday lives that outline the boundaries between those who belong and those who don't
conservatism  culture  history  psychology  culture-war 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Easily Distracted » Blog Archive » The Why of Culture War
So much as I share Rotwang and Ngo’s frustrations that the “fake elite” is so persistently targeted, that education is seen as a liability, that experts and intellectuals have become the dog that you kick and abuse while still relying upon him to guard your house, it is not as if culture war in this sense comes from nowhere, or has no underlying sense to it. Much of it is an entirely understandable and justified response to history as Americans (and indeed the world) have lived it since 1945.
culture-war  history  america  psychology  politics 
september 2008 by tsuomela

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