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Post your books, pamphlets, etc..

 

Just finished

 

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"Amusing Ourselves to Death." By neil postman

 

Pretty much required reading for every american. It focuses on how the values of society have shifted from pamphlets and novels to newspapers and television.

 

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"Higher Education?" By Andrew Hacker

Discusses how our university system in this country is academically bankrupt and has turned into a $442 billion business. Also discusses what this means for Americans.

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America's First best seller from 1776. Written by a lower classmen who worked at a harbor it not only proved that the literacy rate at one point in america was fucking astonishing and the exchange and strength of ideas was at one point classless, it also proved that at one point america was capable of serious disquisition and, when needed, rational enough to agree when actions needed to be taken. There has never been a more widely-read (by % of population) piece of litterature in american history and today is only rivaled by the superbowl. In many ways, this is a more important document than the constitution and in recent days has been all-but forgotten.

 

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Thomas Paine - Common Sense

http://loufreyinstitute.org/civicsconnection/assets/files/conversations/congress_and_the_public/primary_resources/Thomas%20Paine%20Common%20Sense.pdf

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The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

 

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You Are Not A Gadget: A manifesto

 

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Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical philosophy for building a good life in the digital age

 

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Alone Together: Wy we expect more from technology

 

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On Photography by Susan Sontag

 

"Susan Sontag's groundbreaking critique of photography asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. Photographs are everywhere. They have the power to shock, idealize or seduce, they create a sense of nostalgia and act as a memorial, and they can be used as evidence against us or to identify us. In six incisive essays, Sontag examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of reality and authority in our lives."

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Thanks fuckhead now i have more in my to do pile... Fuckhead...

 

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The conundrum, just finished... Feeling more dystopian...

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Magnum degrees.

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For you yankees, if you have not read this and are left inclined its a really good read. Shame that Joe died last year.

 

Whats the shallows like?

Worth a read?

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Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism

Alvin Plantinga

 

A must read for anyone interested in this topic especially since Plantinga is considered by many to be

the most important philosopher of religion in the 20th century.

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