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Inarticulate Society: Eloquence and Culture in America

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In The Inarticulate Society, Thomas Shachtman persuasively argues that Americans have lost the ability to respond to other points of view - to argue - without coming swiftly to blows. His case is forcefully punctuated by the rising tide of political violence in America and the hateful and intolerant speech that appears to incite it. We are in danger of moving our political ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Free Press
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Tiffany Sanders
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although the data and analysis in this book is a bit dated (having been written in the mid-nineties, before the Internet's influence on literacy and language had begun to take root), it is still relevant, educational and eye-opening.

From the beginnings of the downward spiral in American literacy and articulate speech to the documented link between literate speech and the ability to think critically and make rational decisions, Schachtman demonstrates the society-wide impact of our declining voc
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Celia
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers; all who are literate & frustrated because of it
Recommended to Celia by: 99 Cent Stuff
Loooooooved this book. Everything I've felt about literacy in this country and have ironically not been able to articulate is explained here. Long before Blink got buzz, this book provided an analysis of soundbite culture. The analysis of Reagan-era speeches is downright illuminating. It's fantastic to me as a composition instructor, in that it effectively explains the struggles I face every semester. The saddest part is that I found the hardcover at a dollar store. Ah, well.
Rosy
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book makes interesting points but too often veers into the realm of condescension and arrogance. Few of the points are particularly new or original. Also, dare I say, elitist?
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