The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves

by Curtis White | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 071399763x Global Overview for this book
Registered by biba89 of Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on 8/7/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, August 07, 2005
This seems like completely my kind of book. From the back: "On the whole, our entertainment - movies, TV, music - is a testament to our ability and willingness to endure boredom.... and pay for it."

Now, who should read it?

Journal Entry 2 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Friday, September 23, 2005
From the back:
"The Middle mind is the dominant force shaping our culture today. Seeping into politics, literature and art, it's all about pre-packaged, easily digestible media that requires no thought. And it's creating an increasing inability to properly consider the development of our society, or to initiate change. But while this sounds (and is) deadly serious, it's not only about the lack of intelligent discussion of the war in Iraq or the Kyoto agreement - it's about the music we listen to, the films we watch and the books we read, from Jonathan Frantzen and Oprah Winfrey to Harry Potter and 'The Hours'.

To start with, I think this is a book everybody should read. Or rather, a message everybody should get. But this particular book gets rather tough here and there. It is focused mostly on the United States, and delves into specific TV programs and academic discussions somebody from outside the country wouldn't know about. And when Curtis White states that people don't think for themselves, he makes a point by writing sentences the poor reader feels are straining his rather untrained brain cells. Is this wise? The reality is that most people give up if this kind of strain is asked from them. Does he prefer to make a point by showing the readers that they are too plain dumb or does he really want to get his message across?
And I did find him a tad arrogant, for instance when he states about something that "it is not art."
Still, the book opened up a new view for me. I was dimly aware that the entertainment industry is huge, immense, offering escape in many ways and forms - TV, films, books - especially sci-fi and fantasy, games, sports - but I realise that this escapism industry appears to be controlled, by forces intended to keep the status quo.
What I took with me from this book is the intention to keep very aware, stay critical and seek out and support those messages who show us a different way of thinking.

Journal Entry 3 by biba89 at OBCZ - café Persee (opgeheven) in Deventer, Overijssel Netherlands on Friday, September 23, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (9/23/2005 UTC) at OBCZ - café Persee (opgeheven) in Deventer, Overijssel Netherlands

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Let's see if any of my friends takes this home.

Journal Entry 4 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Monday, October 09, 2006
After being lent by several people but, sadly, not journalled, this book is home again.

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