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Missing the Point: The Rise of High Modernity and the Decline of Everything Else

Elsom, John

Verlag: The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 2007
ISBN 10: 071883075X / ISBN 13: 9780718830755
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Titel: Missing the Point: The Rise of High ...

Verlag: The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge

Erscheinungsdatum: 2007

Einband: Paperback

Zustand: Very Good

Signiert: By Author

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Paperback. Signed and dedicated by author on title page. Front lower leading corner is very lightly bumped. Minor marks on page block foot. Binding is intact, contents are clean and clear. AM. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 412349

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Inhaltsangabe: In his new book, John Elsom considers the drama of international politics from the viewpoint of a theatre critic, someone who sits in life's stalls and takes notes in semi-darkness. He relates how grand narratives of human behaviour grew from the insights of Darwin, Descartes and the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, to become "the unacknowledged state religion of the West, High Modernity". He argues that the primary aim of most European ministries of culture, together with Western media companies, is to promote aspects of this faith. With a dazzling range of examples, from George Bush's New World Order to the war in Iraq, the Peace Process in Northern Ireland and John Birt at the BBC, Dr. Elsom describes how the faith in High Modernity has permeated Western habits of mind. High Modernity may alarm those who do not share its Enlightenment beliefs, but it reassures others who want to believe that the future is something that "we can, and must, control", according to the mission statement for the Millennium Dome. The Author: John Elsom is the author of nine books, six plays and an opera libretto. A free-lance literary critic and journalist, who has worked for magazines and broadcasting stations around the world, including the BBC, Paramount Pictures and in the US, The World & I. He has taught in many universities and was the president of the IATC, a UNESCO cultural NGO. Currently a director of Arts Interlink, an arts management consultancy, he was knighted in Romania and doctored in London. Main hobby: random contemplation. Chief asset: a modest availability.

Rezension: As an internationally recognised expert on theatre and cultural politics, John Elsom examines in his new book a few myths of post-modern culture. Choosing a number of examples - the Millennium Dome, the BBC, New Labour's cultural policy, rhetoric, beauty and the sublime - he convincingly shows how we have locked ourselves into all kinds of "domes" intended to protect ourselves from a threatening outside world, as if we no longer want revelation about that world or of our inner truth. Written in a witty but thought-provoking style, Missing the Point helps the reader to be at least aware of what should not be overlooked, if we want still to understand and control our world, while not locking ourselves into the past or into the speculations of post-modernity. Reading this brilliant essay is an experience in perception management I would not have like to have missed, particularly if I had been locked in a dome or in Academia. --P. Pavis

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