Thirty years ago columnist Lewis Lapham made the following observation:
exists a theater of ideas in which artists or philosophers can perform
the acts of the intellectual or moral imagination. In nineteenth-century
England Charles Darwin could expect On The Origin of Species to
be read by Charles Dickens as well as by Disraeli and the vicar in the
shires who collected flies and water beetles. Dickens and Disraeli and
the vicar could assume that Mr. Darwin might chance to read their own observations.
But in the United States in 1979 what novelist can expect his work to be
read by a biochemist, a Presidential candidate, or a director of corporations;
what physicist can expect his work to be noticed, much less understood,
in the New York literary salons? ("A Juggernaut of Words," Harper's
Magazine, June 1979: pp. 12-13).
Conditions have hardly
three decades later. Now in the supposed "Information Age" six out of ten American
households do not purchase a single book and one-half of American adults
do not read one. Forty-three years ago in 1965 when the Gallup
Organization asked young people if they read a daily newspaper, 67 percent
said yes; in 2006, according to the
NORC General Social Survey, only 11 percent of those 18-24 answered affirmatively.
And yet "they" say we are saturated with informational
I am most interested in
potential of this cyberspace medium to inform and to generate discourse, to
literacy, and to truly be a "theater of ideas." This site features commentary, data analyses
(hey, we've become a "factoid" culture), occasional essays, as well as
the requisite links, put together for courses taught by myself and my colleagues.
If you do give feedback on one of the message pads scattered across these
pages and wish a reply, please include your e-mail address.
And now for some sites to stimulate the
(or, at a minimum, prepare one for
Data resources and some useful web tools
to writing a research paper
the imagination: Subject-based Inquiries
engine for site--improved for the new millennium
In addition, here are several
pages that I maintain for my colleagues (and for fun). Little personal
expertise is claimed in these areas but these sites are too rich not to
acknowledge. Occasional sociological analyses are included to illustrate
further avenues of research.
of Death and Dying The
Times of Our Lives: Social Contours of the Fourth Dimension
path takes you just about everywhere, from circadian rhythms to the implications
of historical ignorance.
Sociological Social Psychology Another
far-ranging tour, from the nature- nurture controversy to history's thumbprint
& Family Life On life's
Gerontology We're in the
an aging revolution whose impacts will be felt for centuries to
Inequality Reflecting on the
gap between America's haves and have-nots.
& Society Have gender
decreased or increased with social evolution?
& Ethnicity How well is the American melting pot
dissolving inequalities between racial and ethnic
of Knowledge To what extent
different types of knowledge socially constructed?
social processes ultimately demographically
Media and Communication Studies
Statistics & the Medical Establishment
Art & Art History
Sites (With your mind in mind)
ON AN OP-ED NOTE
Countdown 2001: Thoughts on Cultural Cynicism, the Fin-de-siecle, and the Ozone
Confessions of a Philatelist
about the Presidential Election: The Bearing of the Day Candidates are
on the 45th Anniversary of the Television Remote
This sociological tour
through cyberspace has received a number of acknowledgements, as have
some of its separate paths. Click here for some
of the reviews of this entire tour package.
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