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Digital Culture

  • Clayton Crockett
  • Jeffrey W. Robbins
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Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)

Abstract

In 1978 Christopher Lasch published a generation defining work entitled The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations. This book was written during a time of great American malaise captured by such cinematic masterpieces as Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) and Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), both of which at once represent the high point of American cinema as the film school generation of directors began to make their mark, and in so doing graphically show an America at war with itself, and whether at home or abroad, a world wherein the prospect of American heroism was all but impossible to conceive. This was a period when American society was still stinging from the Watergate scandal and its defeat in Vietnam, while facing high unemployment and inflation, and widespread urban decay. And tellingly, it was America’s first awakening to the global energy crisis, only a few short years after the Arab oil embargo of 1973, a time remembered for its soaring gasoline prices, long lines at the pumps, and a president advising the nation to turn down its thermostat in an effort at energy conservation. This was the time immediately before Ronald Reagan famously declared it was morning in America again, thus a mood of pessimism prevailed as suggested by the book’s subtitle.

Keywords

Social Medium Social Networking Site American Cinema Media Landscape Digital Culture 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1978), p. xv.Google Scholar
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    Gianni Vattimo, The Transparent Society, trans. David Webb (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1992), p. 4.Google Scholar
  3. 22.
    Douglas Rushkoff, Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back (New York: Random House, 2009), p. 114.Google Scholar
  4. 25.
    See Sheldon S. Wolin, Democracy Inc.: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008).Google Scholar
  5. 26.
    Cory Doctorow, Little Brother (New York: A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2008), p. 127.Google Scholar
  6. 27.
    Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (New York: Penguin Press, 2004), pp. 339–340.Google Scholar

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  • Jeffrey W. Robbins

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