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If the 1970s were the "Me Decade," and the '80s were the years of the Reagan counterrevolution, then the '90s, writes Ellen Willis, were the Decade of Denial. In keeping with the mass media's glib assumption that a phenomenal increase in wealth for a minority meant genuine national prosperity, the 1990s saw an astounding refusal, on both the left and right, to question received wisdom or engage in substantive deliberation. Turning her acute eye to the decade's defining moments-imbroglios like those surrounding the O. J. Simpson trial, The Bell Curve, Monica-gate, and the Million Man March-Ellen Willis reveals the mindlessness behind the noise. Arguing that we suffer from a lack of true freedom, she demands that we radically rethink our country and ourselves to create a society in which we can fully enjoy life.

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If the 1970s were the Me Decade, and the '80s were the years of the Reagan counterrevolution, then the '90s, writes Ellen Willis, were the Decade of Denial. In keeping with the mass media's glib assumption that a phenomenal increase in wealth for a minority meant genuine national prosperity, the 1990s saw an astounding refusal, on both the left and right, to question received wisdom or engage in substantive deliberation. Turning her acute eye to the decade's defining moments-imbroglios like those surrounding the O. J. Simpson trial, The Bell Curve, Monica-gate, and the Million Man March-Ellen Willis reveals the mindlessness behind the noise. Arguing that we suffer from a lack of true freedom, she demands that we radically rethink our country and ourselves to create a society in which we can fully enjoy life.

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The 1990s were a decade of unprecedented economic expansion. They were also a decade that saw stagnant wages and globalization, Monica-gate and the O. J. Simpson trial, The Bell Curve and the Million Man March. Most notably, Ellen Willis argues, they were a decade that saw an astounding refusal, on both the left and right, to question received wisdom or engage in substantive deliberation. Turning her acute eye on the cultural and political reaction to these imbroglios, Willis demands that we radically rethink our country and ourselves to create a society in which we can fully enjoy life.

About the Author

Formerly a staff writer for The New Yorker and <i/>The Village Voice, Ellen Willis is director of the cultural reporting and criticism program in the department of journalism at New York University. She is the author of Beginning to See the Light: Sex, Hope, and Rock & Roll and No More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays.

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ISBN:
9780807043219
Author:
Willis, Ellen
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Radicalism
Subject:
Libertarianism
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Politics - General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2000
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.45x5.48x.69 in. .62 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , If the 1970s were the Me Decade, and the '80s were the years of the Reagan counterrevolution, then the '90s, writes Ellen Willis, were the Decade of Denial. In keeping with the mass media's glib assumption that a phenomenal increase in wealth for a minority meant genuine national prosperity, the 1990s saw an astounding refusal, on both the left and right, to question received wisdom or engage in substantive deliberation. Turning her acute eye to the decade's defining moments-imbroglios like those surrounding the O. J. Simpson trial, The Bell Curve, Monica-gate, and the Million Man March-Ellen Willis reveals the mindlessness behind the noise. Arguing that we suffer from a lack of true freedom, she demands that we radically rethink our country and ourselves to create a society in which we can fully enjoy life.
"Synopsis" by , The 1990s were a decade of unprecedented economic expansion. They were also a decade that saw stagnant wages and globalization, Monica-gate and the O. J. Simpson trial, The Bell Curve and the Million Man March. Most notably, Ellen Willis argues, they were a decade that saw an astounding refusal, on both the left and right, to question received wisdom or engage in substantive deliberation. Turning her acute eye on the cultural and political reaction to these imbroglios, Willis demands that we radically rethink our country and ourselves to create a society in which we can fully enjoy life.
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