How many are bothered by the bashing America books in bookstores?
Topic: Critical thinking writing and reading book
June 20, 2019 / By Kris Question:
It is as if they have no clue how bad it is in other countries! In Russia, do you walk into bookstores and see lots of bashing Russia books?
Best Answers: How many are bothered by the bashing America books in bookstores?
Irvin | 8 days ago
It is lonely at the top. And when you are there, the only company you keep are those trying to knock you down. This happens on a microcosmic to a macrocosmic scale. It is done to star athletes, celebrities, great authors, etc.
Also, consider that egocemtrism plays a role in what you notice, and that marketing plays a role in what is published and placed in bookstores.
With regard to the former, an analogy would be that, if a friend of yours buys a brand new, bright yellow SUV, and you suddenly notice that you see such a vehicle every day, in many different places. It is probably not that everyone bought this vehicle during the same timeframe as your friend. It is that humans are egocentric and pay more attention to what is relevant to them (like a car owned by a friend, at whom they want to wave.)
With regard to the latter, the current climate fosters a critical attitude toward America, not only abroad, but domestically. Dissent about the war, the handling of illegal immigration, concern over the "moral fiber" of the country, etc. have combined to create this atmosphere. Publishers recognize that many people will be more interested in reading such books, because they want to find arguments and evidence that support the view they already, to some degree, possess. In a few years, assuming American foreign policy turns a kinder hand to the rest of the world and assuming domestic issues get buried under an economic boom, you will find more books that praise the current state of the country.
I have to agree that anyone who has a problem with America, as a culture, is arguing on philosophical grounds, or is arguing for a perceived "voiceless minority." The basic quality of life is much better than it has been in most any country, at most any time, in human history. Even those labeled as "economically disadvantaged" have benefits and opportunities that far outstrip what you might find in most other nations, and most other times, in human history.
So, should the America bashing bother us? I don't think so. I think that a critical attitude makes change and progress possible. After all, had John Locke not been critical of monarchies, he would not have written his treatises; had the colonists not felt similarly, they would not have rebelled. Criticism is the fire that forges stronger material.
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Originally Answered: Books on The Decline of Intelligence in America?
Start by finding actual data on this. Then change your essay subject because that data doesn't exist.
You can write an essay on why so much ignorance and illiteracy still exists in American society, but "decline"? Please.
If you could give specific examples it may be easier to answer this. Over all, the books I have seen that may sound like America bashing, are being critical of only certain aspects of American policy, culture etc. Part of the reason this is seen in book stores is that we have freedom of speech and freedom of the press, some nations still don't cherish that right in the way that America does. The other reason that people write such books, isn't necessarily a hate of America but a desire to point out things that they believe can be changed in order to make it a better place. If you can convince enough people that a change needs to be made, perhaps a movement will begin to make the difference and make America better.
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Which books are you referring to? "The Jungle," by Upton Sinclair? "All the President's Men," by Woodward and Bernstein? "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck? "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson? Or one of the many books condemning the current administration for lying to the American people to justify a poorly planned and executed attack on a sovereign nation that had not committed an act of aggression against us?
You're absolutely right that books of this kind are not found in bookstores in Iran, China, or similar places. Of course, the reason is simply that expression of anti-government sentiment can get you killed in those countries.
If your father is a thief and an addict, you may love your father, you may want to help your father, you may forgive your father for past wrongs, but you do not have to condone or accept the immoral behavior. You need to speak up, and try to correct the situation. The same goes for your government.
Our country was founded on moral principles. The most basic right, number one on the list, is the right to free expression. When we see injustice, it is not only our right, nor our privilege, but our duty to speak out.
If you want to know why life in America is better than in most countries, you might try reading some of these books that expose social issues and spark national debate. Would you prefer to go back to the days of backbreaking labor in filthy conditions? DDT sprayed on our children's food? You're complaining about the fact that books like this exist, not about what they have to say.
The desire to ban books because they don't agree with your point of view is profoundly un-American.
The correct response is to read those books, come up with a cogent response, and publish your own book that will persuade others to your side of the issue. That is what makes America great.
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Not at all. I am more bothered by the books out there that preach intolerlance and hatred of people. However being we live in America those books have as much right to be on the shelf as a book you or I enjoy. We have the choice not to purchase or look at books we dont agree with.
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Then ADD: Some things a large portion of American people have forgotten:
"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" ~ Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
". . .government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." ~ Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
A quote from the movie Clear & Present Danger sums it up pretty well: Admiral Greer (James Earl Jones) to Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) about if Jack should investigate the growing scandal "You took an oath, if you recall, when you first came to work for me. And I don't mean to the National Security Adviser of the United States, I mean to his boss... and I don't mean the President. You gave your word to his boss: you gave your word to the people of the United States. Your word is who you are." ~ IMDB.com
In the last several years it became taboo to question where our government is leading us; to do so was unpatriotic. If you question the war, you don't support the troops, etc. By just following along bleating like sheep, we allow ourselves to be lead one step closer to an Orwellian Future. I feel blessed to be born in a country where I have the opportunity to read different points of view and make INFORMED decisions about my beliefs. I am allowed to have access to information, the right to my opinion, and the ability to voice my beliefs (which stop at someone else's nose). I wouldn't want to live in any other country, but that doesn't mean that this one is perfect. "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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I guess I pass by those America bashing books on my way to the good stuff, so I am not sure what books you are referring to here
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I FEEL THAT EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO HIS/HER OWN OPINION. WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH OUR SYSTEM, BUT IT IS STILL THE BEST IN THE WORLD. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, TRY LIVING IN OTHER COUNTRIES.
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Originally Answered: Why do ppl keep on bashing on disney look at this VIDEO?
Disney is arguably the number one source of children's entertainment
Whether it's television or movies
I knew a young girl who only watched Disney channel not cartoon network or nickelodeon because her mother didn't trust those programs
Since you said you don't like Hannah Montana you probably see it not a big deal but think some parents definitely should expose there kids to her as much
Same thing with pretty much any TV show or movie right.
True for any age actually, but especially for kids right
Well same thing the Disney movies old and new
But many people seem to have a some type of misplaced blind faith in Disney I guess for nostalgia purposes.
Now I'm a Disney fan myself, and I don't think the company is evil or that there movie new or old should never be seen but just like anything else too much is bad. I do think people who never allow them to see such movies ever are just as bad if not worse.
But kids will watch Disney movies over and over again, true kids watch any movie over and over but if you look at their movie collection there's probably more Disney than any other one company, especially in the past before rival companies got a reputation.
Some parents are strict some lax when it comes to screen and censoring the movies they see, but I've met a few that rather them watch "what they know is safe" over and over again.
Whats bad about them?
-Things from the era
Disney movies are pretty old
and a lot contain old fashioned views jokes references to things now consider racist, sexist, or ageist. Or just dark or sad even. And people assume that it will go over there heads every single time they see it, or there kids will automatically know times have changed without telling them so. Which trust me a degree of it will sink in over time. In a lot of older cartoons someones smoking a cigar which is hardly enough to blacklist the movie or grounds to change it's content but most parents see that, and will warn you know smoking is bad, this movie was old and people weren't aware of that.
Just apply the mentality to other things in those movies.
Sometimes the 'bad' message is just lack of an alternative.
And with since the 90's they've been trying to provide alternatives. Aladdin was I believe the first non-white (or animal) character nearly 60 years after Snow White. Also had had the first princess to not wear a dress. Also first princess not to get married at the end.
Ariel gets married a 16, Aurora (sleeping beauty) was 16, Belle 18, Snow Whites age was never said, but I was told production notes said she was 14. And in most case they barely knew there husband.
I watch The Little Mermaid I think 3 times a day for for about 4 years between 4-8 I think I turned out okay. But as a parent you moniter these movies like you would anything else of just have chat were you say that's a movie not real life.
And videos like linked just show things that to come across when you look at them as whole
Even thing the comic relief
-Usually for comedy purpose most side characters are dumb bumbling and often fat, sometimes there an annoying worry-wart or something, who normally looks wimpy. this is especially true for most older characters or poorer worker maid and chef type characters. It's not like you need address everything individually but you should be aware