Proud to be an American?

A few days ago, I started writing a post for the 4th of July. Upon completing a first draft, I asked my wife (who is sweet enough to read my work before I publish it), for her opinion. After reading through it, she looked at me with a frown. “It’s good,” she explained, “but I …

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The Perfect Drug: Our Modern-Day “Soma” and the Intellectual Decline of America

I recently read Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman. It inspired me so much that I decided to write an entire essay about it, which I thought I’d share with you, my loyal readers. Suffice it to say that Postman states his points much better than I can (although perhaps not quite as succinctly), …

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Deconstructing Deconstructionism: Exploring a philosophy that undermines itself

If authors write with biases, and the words they use don’t have any real, absolute meaning in the first place, how should one go about reading and interpreting literature? Deconstructionism says that each and every text has multiple meanings with multiple equally valid but also incompatible and contradictory interpretations.

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