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The robopaths are the people who pull the triggers at My Lai, Kent State, and Attica, make policy in Washington, and live next door. Dehumanized by regimentation, bureaucratization, and indiscriminate violence, they are growing more numerous in today's society. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 30th 1972 by Penguin Books (first published 1972)
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Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: psychology, sociology
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 14, 2008

This isn't, necessarily, a GREAT bk. Yet, I give it a 5 star rating & recommend it to everyone. Published in 1972 when I was 18 & 19, this describes the world I grew up in as perfectly as anything I've ever read. The filmic companion to it cd be Peter Watkins' "Punishment Park". I'll be making a short movie called "Robopaths" wch excerpts text from the bk. [May 1, 2014 interpolation: I actually made a feature-leng
Ryan Broughman
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book depressed the hell out of me and put me in a rather funky mood in its first half. It caused a great deal of personal reflection. I am, after all, a second generation military brat raised in the south. I can remember wanting to kill myself as a fifth grader, it took many years to understand, or manage rather, that overwhelming sensation of existential dissonance and helplessness. Though my resistance and rebellion growing up occasionally was poetic (i was an intuitive culture jammer at ...more
Al Sirois
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I first read this book back around 1972 or 1973, shortly after it was first published. In a nutshell, Yablonsky's thesis is that the pressures and demands of modern life have created a "class" of people who are divorced from their feelings and from morality in general. There is no argung with this, I believe, but it's rather humorous that as a solution he points to the hippies: connected to the earth and to their feelings, and inclined to reject the "plastic" world of their parents. The book is ...more
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