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Readings for the 21ST Century


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This composition reader invites students to consider themselves in the context of the new century-the academic issues, social problems, and popular culture that already define their generation and the issues and problems that their generation will have to face: from a new economy to a new technology and a new terrorism.


The essays offer a lively mixture of lengths, styles, and points of view. The authors range from classic to contemporary figures, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Rachel Carson to Bill Gates, Neil Postman, Tipper Gore, and William Raspberry. From Tom Wolfe to Maureen Dowd, Amy Tan, and Susan Faludi. From Frank Zappa to Chuck D., from Natalie Angier to Annie Dillard, Nat Hentoff and Linda Chavez.

Table of Contents

1. Students In A New Century.

The Past As Prologue.

Tom Wolfe, "A Eulogy for the Twentieth Century-The Great Re-Learning."

Fareed Zakaria, "The Character of Our Campuses."

Tertius Chandler, "Education-Less of It!"

Linda Bowles, "Big Brother's Two-Minute Hate: Regulating Vice on Campus."

John J. Miller, "What's In a (Team) Name?-The War Against Indian Symbols: Athletic Tradition and Social Sensitivity."

Matt Zoller Seitz, "Myth and Mayhem: How Terrorists Use Our Own Pop Culture Images Against Us."

Point/Counterpoint-Will The Internet Help Higher Education?

Bill Gates, "Linked Up for Learning."

Neil Postman, from The End of Education.

Making Connections

2. Contemporary Careers—The Workplace and You.

The Past as Prologue.

Ben Franklin, Starting out in Business.

Robert E. Hall, College Pays.

Richard M. Freeland,"How Practical Experience Can Help Revitalize Our Tired Model of Higher Education."

Nadya Labi, No Time for Fun.

Natasha McDowell, Hooked on Research: Postgraduate Studies, While Not Always Well Paid, Can Be Addictive.

Jill-in-a-Box: Women in Top Management.

Cathy Young, The War on Sexual Harassment: Protection or Witch-hunt?

Marshall Burns, Automated Fabrication: Creating Ultracustomized Products.


"Pop," "Dining with Cannibals."

"Lottee Absence," Sub-Middle Management Worksick Blues.

Making Connections.

3. Cybersociety-Life in the Information Age.

The Past as Prologue.

Daniel Czitrom, from Media and the American Mind.

William E. Halal and Jay Leibowitz, "Telelearning: The Multimedia Revolution in Education."

John Perry Barlow, "Is There a There in Cyberspace?"

DeJuan Walker, "The Internet in Black and White."

Sadie Plant, "Babes in the Net."

Heather Havrilesky, "Thinking Outside the Mailbox."

Neil Strauss, Foraging for Music in the Digital Jungle."

Robert S. Boynton, "Digital Age Cheats Us of Honor."

Point/Counterpoint—Children and Cyberporn.

Maureen Farsan, "Shouting Fire in a Virtual Theater."

Mike Godwin, Children, Child Abuse, and Cyberporn: A Primer for Clear Thinkers.

Making Connections.

4. Feminine Gender-Present Tense.

The Past as Prologue.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "The Solitude of Self.

Maureen Dowd, "She's Not Really Ill.

Deborah Fallows, "Why Mothers Should Stay Home."

Joan K. Peters, "When Mothers Work: L Children Without Sacrificing Our Selves."

bell hooks, "Feminism-It's a Black Thang."

Ivy McClure Stewart and Kae Kennedy, "Manhandled by Madison Avenue."

Silja Talvi, "The Case for Sex Workers."

Point/Counterpoint Point/Counterpoint—Who's to Blame for Date Rape?

Camille Paglia, "It's a Jungle Out There, So Get Used to It."

Susan Faludi, "Whose Hype?"

Making Connections.

5. The Millennial Melting Pot—Race in 21st Century America.

The Past as Prologue.

Maya Angelou, "The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Toward Justice."

Arthur Levine, "The Campus Divided and Divided Again."

John Farmer, "Rethinking Racial Profiling."

Amy Tan, "Mother Tongue."

Ernesto Galarza, "Barrio Boy."

Jennifer Juarez Robles, "Tribes and Tribulations."

Jeff Jacoby, "Who's White? Who's Hispanic? Who Cares?"

William Raspberry, "It's Not Easy Being White."

Ryzsard Kapuscinski, "America as a Collage."

Point/Counterpoint—Reparations for Slavery?

Manning Marable, "An Idea Whose Time Has Come."

Walter Williams, "Does America Owe Reparations?"

6. The Environment of the Twenty-First Century.

The Past as Prologue.

Rachel Carson, "Silent Spring: A Fable for Our Time."

Annie Dillard, "In the Jungle."

Ted Peters, "Not in My Backyard!-The Waste Disposal Crisis."

Andrew C. Palmer, "If Global Warming is Real, How Should Humankind Respond?"

Norman Myers, "Reforest the Earth!"

Trevor Corson, "How My Electric Car Saves the World."

The Economist, "Sprawl is America's Great Strength."

Erik Baard, "The DNA Bomb: A Terrorist Weapon."

Point/Counterpoint--Should We Fear For the Future?

Bill McKibben, "Not So Fast."

Ronald Bailey, "Seven Doomsday Myths About The Environment."

7. Medicine—Human Life and Human Technology.

The Past as Prologue.

Lewis Thomas, "1933 Medicine."

Jack Kevorkian, From Prescription Medicide.

James A. Haught, "The Code of the Universe."

Natalie Angier, "Reading the Book of Life: Human DNA."

Peter Jaret, "Beyond Prozac."

Katha Pollitt, "When Is a Mother Not a Mother?"

Pratima Cranse, "Fear and Loathing in Sex Education."

Point/Counterpoint--Human Cloning.

Virginia Postrel, "Fatalist Attraction."

Ellie Tesher, "Arrogance is Key to Human Cloning."

8. Popular Culture—Is Rock and Roll Really Here to Stay?

The Past as Prologue.

Frank Zappa "On 'Junk Food for the Soul': In Defense of Rock and Roll."

Anna Quindlin, "Raised on Rock-and-Roll."

Josh Ozersky, "The White Negro Revisited:White Rappers."

Patrick Goldstein, "Keeping Its Cool: MTV Stays Hip-and Powerful.

David Pellicane, "My Eleven Minutes of Fame on The Open Mike."

Chuck D, "'Free' Music Can Free the Artist."

Fred Bronson, "A Selected Chronology of Twentieth-Century Musical Controversy originally "A Selected Chronology of Musical Controversy".

Point/Counterpoint—Should We Control Content?

Tipper Gore, "Curbing the Sexploitation Industry.

Sam Brownback, "Free Speech: Lyrics, Liberty, and License."

Making Connections.

9. How Should We Respond to Terrorism?

The Past as Prologue.

Fred Brock, "The Crisis Through A Generational Lense."

Samuel Francis, "Why the Terrorists Attacked Us."

Christopher Hitchens, "Blaming Bin Ladin First."

Thomas Sowell, "Confrontation Between Islam and the West?

Linda Chavez, "Time to Rethink Our Immigration Policy."

John Leo, "Cultural Leaders Turn a Blind Eye to Evil."

Point/Counterpoint—What Rights Should Terrorists Have?

Nat Hentoff, "Civil Liberties in Jeopardy."

Michelle Mulkin, "No More Jury Trials for Terrorists."

Product Details

Vesterman, William (edt)
Longman Publishing Group
Vesterman, William
New York
English language
College readers
Report writing
Twenty-first century
Composition & Creative Writing
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Edition Number:
5th ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 01-08
Publication Date:
July 2002
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
8.90x5.90x.80 in. 1.35 lbs.

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