I wanted to read this because I felt that the character of Bertha Rochester was never adequately developed in Jane Eyre. Unfortunately, it seems she iI wanted to read this because I felt that the character of Bertha Rochester was never adequately developed in Jane Eyre. Unfortunately, it seems she is destined to remain a cipher, since I failed to find much to her in this book either. Her past is fleshed out more, but she herself remains inaccessible. Rhys also fails to elevate her madness to the plane of psychological realism; it's just as random and cartoonish here as it is in the original Jane Eyre.
The book's not a total wash; there's some lovely prose, and some interesting grappling with postcolonial issues. But if illumination of Bertha Rochester's character is what you're looking for, you won't find much of it here....more
This book is divided into two parts: first, a critique of modern high-tech, global consumer culture (the book was written in 1991); and second, an in-This book is divided into two parts: first, a critique of modern high-tech, global consumer culture (the book was written in 1991); and second, an in-depth look at the conflict between that culture and various traditional, indigenous ways of life around the globe.
The first part extends Mander's essential premise from Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television --- that all technological innovations have social and political implications which should be evaluated along with each invention's purely mechanical uses --- to other inventions --- the car, the telephone and the computer being some of his examples --- and to technology in general.
Probably the most astonishing revelation this part of the book held for me was that the ways in which a new invention will affect society are largely predictable, and that companies seeking to market a new product will often, if the product is revolutionary enough, commission reports on its likely social impacts! Mander quotes from such a report issued for the telephone, which turns out to be largely accurate. He then makes the argument that, since we already have reliable information (or the capacity to gather said information) on each innovation's potential impacts, what we ought to do is make such reports public and conduct public debates (actual, fully-accessible public debates, not just showpieces) on whether to adopt a given technology. Rather than restructuring our society around new inventions every ten years or so, we would pick and choose the inventions that would be adopted for widespread development and use based on how well they harmonized with our social values. ...more
Amazingly informative without being dry or really dense. Klein draws an analogy between the state of shock that severely traumatized individuals enterAmazingly informative without being dry or really dense. Klein draws an analogy between the state of shock that severely traumatized individuals enter and the power vacuum that opens up when a whole country has been traumatized, by a war, an economic crisis or a natural disaster. She chronicles how a lot of poor nations in such straits have been exploited by American interests, and how those American interests gradually changed their strategy from one of opportunistic scavenging to one of actively bringing on the disasters they would later seek to profit from.
Crucial for understanding the death spiral deregulated capitalism has entered in recent years....more