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By Steven Johnson

Forget every thing you’ve ever examine the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification tradition. during this provocative, unfailingly clever, completely researched, and unusually convincing e-book, Steven Johnson attracts from fields as varied as neuroscience, economics, and media conception to argue that the popular culture we soak in each day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand robbery Auto to The Simpsons—has been growing to be extra subtle with each one passing yr, and, faraway from rotting our brains, is admittedly posing new cognitive demanding situations which are really making our minds measurably sharper. you are going to by no means regard the glow of the game or tv monitor an analogous manner again.

With a brand new afterword via the author.

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Orville Schell, “China: Humiliation & the Olympics,” New York Review of Books 55, no. 13 (2008). 32. Wang and Huters, China’s New Order: Society, Politics, and Economy in Transition, 177. 33. Liu Kang, Globalization and Cultural Trends in China (University of Hawai’i Press, 2004), 32. 34. Gluck argues that Meiji ideology, in the form of tennōsei, did not begin until 1890. Gluck, Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period, 17, 21. 35. edu/ cyh/primary-sources/136. Annotated by Brian Platt.

They are different forms of culture, but they are neither the entire culture nor the essence or core of Chinese culture. ”60 Confucius Institutes and Hanban programs seem to fit well with the internal educational directive of 1994 to focus on traditional culture. In what I see as the second phase of development in Imperial Japan and post-Mao China, however, using Confucian symbols to enhance the ruler’s authority also validated using Confucian symbols to support the counterclaims of the populace.

Both felt an emptiness in their urban lives. ”27 City fever has also gripped rural Chinese. At first, Deng Xiaoping’s reforms greatly changed country life, shifting the economic policies from communes to the household responsibility system, which introduced a profit motive for each household and jump-started the rural economy. 28 As residency restrictions have loosened, a tremendous migration has taken place from the countryside to the cities. 30 The prioritizing of economic development has led to moral decline, or the perception of a moral decline, as the profit motive of individual wealth (contributing to national wealth) displaced communitarian values.

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