How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E–book/E–pub

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Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum David Frum ☆ 2 Characters Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse Ever A society that had valued faith self reliance self sacrifice and family loyalty evolved in little than a decade into one characterized by superstition self interest narcissism and guilt Frum examines this metamorphosis through the ris. This is a popular history of the 1970s with the thesis that the 1970s sociocultural changes are responsible for today s modern attitudes and social conditionsPart I concerns a widespread collapse of trust in many institutions especially government and civil authorities Frum believes the collapse started with Vietnam was intensified by Watergate and branched out from distrust of the federal government into a distrust of civil government and civil authorities A web of petty corruption scandals appeared on all levels from the presidency to various civil officials and the police were no longer believed competent or honestPart II At midcentury and before Americans had a fairly strong devotion to duty But around 1970 the ethic of responsibility fell apart and was replaced by a very brazen ethic of self centerednessThis allowed such things as an explosion in no fault divorces and many blatant expressions of self centeredness in advertising and pop culture such as a bestseller on self centeredness titled Looking Out For Number One and commercials with taglines like This I do for me Because the worst effect of the new self centeredness was in marriage the old linear progression of flirting to courtship to marriage disappeared and was replaced by a paradigm of individuals going through a series of relationships which is often the case today Frum says that between about the 1920s and 50s attitudes toward love and marriage were highly unromantic and stoic love was expected to feel bad and marriage to be unpleasant but the thought was that if you endured marriage in good faith it might not be so bad Leaving your spouse and especially your children without a good material excuse was socially unacceptable Post 1970s attitudes find it ridiculous at best and shameful at worst to stay in an unhappy or unsatisfying marriage or relationshipIndividualism also eliminated the universal willingness to serve in the military this is probably the main reason other than the defeat in Vietnam why military morale was so low in the 70s Other manifestations were an unusual strong fear of children which showed up in several popular movies and television shows and people s suddenly becoming eager to talk at length about themselves in opposition to the previous American tradition of being a relatively uiet people which institutionalized itself in the appearance and popularity of television programs in various genres that depicted discussed and showed a fascination with individuals misbehavior or psychological problems no matter how bizarre or disgusting and often sympathized with them Example Phil DonahuePart III concerns Americans new anti Rationalism in the seventies There was a sudden dislike for technology standardization central planning and rationalism This was a reaction against the strong acceptance of those things by government and the public which peaked in the 1950s People turned against because it was seen as simply having gone too far Frum implies they saw it as complicit in the Vietnam War atrocities specifically the use of the defoliant Agent OrangeThe new anti rationalism manifested itself in a new popularity for pre modern architecture esp brick buildings and a backlash against modernist architecture a growth in environmentalism a removal of pretentious home decor styles all the way down to removing wallboard and carpet a preference for food that was not mass produced and wearing rough close to the earth clothing styles The only popular technology was stereo euipment There were also among other thingd A dumbing down of educational standards nationwide Health and fitnesses crazes first widespread anti smoking laws and hatred of smoking An unusual vulnerability to cults crackpot theories and dubious self improvement schemes Christian revival in the late 70s but only in evangelical churches churches emphasized forgiveness over conduct and services were emotional Ever since then the character of evangelical Protestantism has been now different in two main ways People before 1970 went to church as a social duty as much as for spiritual nourishment and it was the mainline Protestant churches that they went to And as Frum says these churches preached an ethic of conduct in other words they primarily urged members to avoid sin The popular Protestant churches since the 1970s are all evangelical emphasizing forgiveness over conduct their services are emotional and according to Frum they treat their members as audiences to a performance rather than witnesses to an eventIV Desire This part concerns new self centered trends in individual health fitness and especially sexualityManifestations Porn magazines sold copies than ever before and new titles started up Various fitness crazes especially jogging Interest in natural foods huge rise in consumption of wine and Perrier A national obsession with safety leading to many new safety regulations especially motorcycle and bike helmet laws and antismoking lawsVI Regeneration Discusses the lowest points of the slide and concludes that both laissez faire capitalism and socialism have been rejected and the American public now expects some sort of middle groundDuring this time there was as much anger over high taxes and rising cynicism and class envy among the lower classes as concern over inflationOther Interesting Discernments According to Frum midcentury American culture was materially egalitarian but intellectually hierarchical meaning that there was not as huge an economic gap between the wealthy and everyone else but we recognized that some ideas can be superior to others and popular culture at least tried to respect high standards of sophistication But since the 1970s these attitudes have flipped to their exact opposite We are intellectually egalitarian and materially hierarchical Middle class people aren t usually offended by Bill Gates s wealth but our culture treats all ideas as eual and would find it bigoted to do otherwiseIndustry American industry started to have a serious problem with uality around the 1970s it was turning out junk In a survey both workers and consumers largely said they are or would be embarrassed buying the products they made But for some reason industry responded not by raising uality but by offering unneeded featuresluxuries and gimmicks This resulted in what Frum calls a vast tsunami of shlock in the 1970s eight track players and tapes were part of thatThe cynicism of the 1970s spawned several new trends in popular entertainment many of which are institutions now One is investigative reporting with a strong and deliberate tendency to smear people who had done nothing wrong with false accusationsAnother new trend was talk shows that made no attempt whatsoever to give the interviewee any sort of respect Another was the comedy of Steve Martin as a deliberate expression of the new cynicism Martin s material was according to Frum made deliberately unfunny in order to mock the idea that any comedian s material could be funnyFrum believes that the new individualism was so strong as to form a deliberate and strident religion of the self The obsessions with health and fitness were so strong that you could be harangued by a grocery store checker if you bought food products they disapproved of and especially if you smoked This was the decade in which antismoking laws and social ostracism for smokers suddenly took off and Frum believes it was because to consciously do something as toxic as smoking constituted blasphemy against the new religion of the selfAmerica s industrial revolution economic growth and consumer prosperity have all been financed on credit far than the same things were in Great Britain and almost all the wealthiest people in American history including Andrew Carnegie and John D Rockefeller used credit freely Also Frum claims the growth in credit borrowing is responsible for the growth in business success since the eighties but also blames credit borrowing for the often low character of American commercial morality All of these are possible because American bankruptcy laws are some of the most lenient in the world

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Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum David Frum ☆ 2 Characters Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E to cultural dominance of faddish psychology astrology drugs religious cults and consumer debt and profiles such prominent players of the decade as Werner Erhard Alex Comfort and Jerry Brown How We Got Here is lively and provocative readi. Pretty good overview of the decade I grew up in It was a busy demoralizing decade but has a special place in my heart Reading this brought back many memories

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Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum David Frum ☆ 2 Characters Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse For many the 1970s evoke the Brady Bunch and the birth of disco In this first thematic popular history of the decade David Frum argues that it was the 1970s not the 1960s that created modern America and altered the American personality for. I give this book three stars not because it is good it is not but because I am a fan of the book length jeremiad My copy is thoroughly stained with red ink margin notes like seriously or oh please or WRONG and dog ears on pages with particularly hilarious uotes That all too recurrent late twentieth century moment in which a disgraced public figure tearfully informs us that God has forgiven him occurred far less often in the bracing moral clime of half a century ago p155 or In 1937 Walt Disney had his Snow White pray to an unmistakably Christian God The religion in Pocahontas and The Lion King is however strictly pagan p165This book is a howler


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  1. says: Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E–book/E–pub David Frum ☆ 2 Characters

    Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse David Frum ☆ 2 Characters How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E–book/E–pub The 1970s 1 was 4 through 14 during this decade I remember pretty much every crazy song fad and TV show from the era My memories of that time are personal with the exception of a few major events long lines at gas stations Jim Jones the Iran hostage crisis and because I was just young enough I am fascinated to read about how the 1970s fit

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    How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E–book/E–pub Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse I give this book three stars not because it is good it is not but because I am a fan of the book length jeremiad My copy is thorough

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    Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum David Frum ☆ 2 Characters I disagree with Frum on nearly every point the exception being his discussion of the implications of confessional culture But the writing style and the content make it a very enjoyable read and it offers good insights into

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    David Frum ☆ 2 Characters Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse This is a popular history of the 1970s with the thesis that the 1970s sociocultural changes are responsible for today's modern attitudes and social conditionsPart I concerns a widespread collapse of trust in many institutions especially government and civil authorities Frum believes the collapse started with Vietnam was intensified by Watergate and branched out from distrust of the federal government into a distrust of civil go

  5. says: Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum David Frum ☆ 2 Characters How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E–book/E–pub

    Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum David Frum ☆ 2 Characters I have been thinking about the seventies for a while now in particular the early 70s It seems there was a shift during that time from a society that was on a very particular path and adhered to a very strict set of social norms to one where that path and those norms no longer existed so I was excited to hear that there w

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    Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse David Frum ☆ 2 Characters Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum This is NOT a silly pop culture survey of the '70's despite what the graphics and blurbs on the cover seem to suggest Instead it's an overview of the social and political history of that benighted decade By Frum's telling if the 60's were the High Water Mark of Liberalism then the 70's were Picket's Charge Frum's 70's are an era when an abyss seemed to open between the elites and ordinary citizens His histories of Watergate and the Boston

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    How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E–book/E–pub I found the social commentary bits to be very interesting the rise of feminism and its effect on society the decline of education in America etc but the political stuff seemed to be a grumpy laundry list of things

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    Characters È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ David Frum David Frum ☆ 2 Characters Read How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse Pretty good overview of the decade I grew up in It was a busy demoralizing decade but has a special place in my

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    How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E–book/E–pub Another rating that would be half a star higher if Goodreads would let me give those marks Very interesting review especially for someone who came of age during those years Also a good reminder that Jimmy Carter was a terrible President and that the Democratic Party has been a mess for a long time Interesting discussion on how the Kennedy administration was responsible for the inflation of the 1970’s

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    How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse E–book/E–pub Most of this work tends to be a collection of events facts and anecdotes inter spaced with commentary decrying the changes begin in the sixties and crystallized in the seventies However stronger editing and organization would have made that arg

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  • How We Got Here The 70's The Decade That Brought You Modern Life For Better or Worse
  • David Frum
  • English
  • 01 June 2020
  • 9780465041961