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Robert Grudin is a lyrical philosopher. From Time and the Art of Living to The Grace of Great Things and On Dialogue, he has tackled the traditional subjects of classic philosophy with a beautiful prose style in work fueled by American pragmatism and metaphysical exploration.

In American Vulgar, Grudin examines postwar developments in American social consciousness, as we have veered from the nineteenth-century ideal of the commonwealth to the contemporary fixation on the individual — what others have described as the “culture of narcissism.” Grudin identifies how easily misled individuals can be by a class of professional manipulators — politicians, marketers, advertisers, and the like. He demonstrates the calculated effort to diminish and demean broad national awareness, a project of vulgarization. Illustrating its effects in several areas of common daily life, he shows how this dumbing-down of the electorate has bred an epidemic and self-destructive ignorance.

Grudin believes that only a rebirth of individual awareness can repair this damage and in this book sets about to explore the avenues renewed consciousness may take to save individuals from the death of mass vulgarity. American Vulgar paints a distressing portrait, but leaves us with hope, offering several possibilities for repair and salvation.

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Pgerharter, September 14, 2006 (view all comments by Pgerharter)
Title American Vulgar means to me the loss of personal and community responsibilities. The fear of the word responsibility due to the past goals of American leisure promoted in the industrial era. American Vulgar states our position at this time. The position of stillness in seeing a future with no personal value, no leadership, no understanding of the whole of humanity within this country. A loss of language that is understood by us all. Not only is there a division of education, medical, and income but there is a huge loss of words that we can all understand. We now accept any crude, violent, and sex oriented language from the whole of America. We accept that the "theys" will take care of us. We accept that the taxes are so hard to understand that we will not participate, thus we remove ourselves from our own family of Americans. We,(I myself), can understand the simple words but we live controlled by the language of the crude and the languge of the politicians. We hurt from the sound of the crude, and we feel inferior, then unconcerned, with the language of the political people. We, low income, are separated from our own countryman by the lack of caring for the whole and racing foward to win. Win what? I would personally like an interpretor for us to come forward and be a guide via caring that will translate to the controllers of our country that we are still alive and trying to do good and continue to feel and continue to want a connection with leadership. Leadership that is not Vulgar. Leadership that does not race forward and leave our value, our health, our education, our view of the future behind just because these leaders racing ahead speak their own language, one that says we matter but shows the vision of leaving us behind to fend for ourselves after being taught that this same leadership would always be there with us all in their mind. American's have been created to be vulgar. It is the bottom of our language source. It is hard to be proud to be American now because of the way we treat our family. We need a good leader who will lead us back to knowing we have value, that our kids have value to the leader, our health, our birth, our death. The circle of American people, via trust of the leadership, is broken.

This response is only to the title American Vulgar, this is what I see the suce a title. I have not read the book. I just now read the rest of the title about awareness. This is a sample I believe of the cultureI I live in, my culture of the unaware created from the living within the knowledge of little human value, war, and division.
We are the stupid one's, the non-participants, non-voters, tax evadors (sp?), assumed the bad part of society that "don't know a thing." We are the creation of the American Dream. Money.
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ISBN:
9781593761028
Author:
Grudin, Robert
Publisher:
Shoemaker & Hoard
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
POL032000
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
Political culture -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10 oz

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Robert Grudin is a lyrical philosopher. From Time and the Art of Living to The Grace of Great Things and On Dialogue, he has tackled the traditional subjects of classic philosophy with a beautiful prose style in work fueled by American pragmatism and metaphysical exploration.

In American Vulgar, Grudin examines postwar developments in American social consciousness, as we have veered from the nineteenth-century ideal of the commonwealth to the contemporary fixation on the individual — what others have described as the “culture of narcissism.” Grudin identifies how easily misled individuals can be by a class of professional manipulators — politicians, marketers, advertisers, and the like. He demonstrates the calculated effort to diminish and demean broad national awareness, a project of vulgarization. Illustrating its effects in several areas of common daily life, he shows how this dumbing-down of the electorate has bred an epidemic and self-destructive ignorance.

Grudin believes that only a rebirth of individual awareness can repair this damage and in this book sets about to explore the avenues renewed consciousness may take to save individuals from the death of mass vulgarity. American Vulgar paints a distressing portrait, but leaves us with hope, offering several possibilities for repair and salvation.

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