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Isn’t the news terrible?

Raymond Williams, 3 July 1980

More Bad News 
Routledge, 502 pp., £17.50, April 1980, 0 7100 0414 1Show More
The whole world is watching 
by Todd Gitlin.
California, 350 pp., £7.75, June 1980, 0 520 03889 4
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... themselves. I do not blame the Bad News team for this, but I notice the contrast with say. Todd Gitlin’s The whole world is watching, where a comparable but more committed analysis is made of the American media on a specific set of issues. There the focus is on the definition and characterisation of the American New Left, and the fact that it is ...


Tom Nairn: Australian Blues, 18 November 2004

... easily lead the globe in electoral abstention. In an incisive introduction to the US election, Todd Gitlin remarked on the openDemocracy website in January that ‘the roughly two-year-long campaign is evidence of a perverse American disdain for political life and government. What a peculiar thing! This grandiose nation-state with planetary ...

Spinoza got it

Margaret Jacob: Radical Enlightenment, 8 November 2012

A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy 
by Jonathan Israel.
Princeton, 276 pp., £13.95, September 2011, 978 0 691 15260 8
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... or praising the free market philosophy of Adam Smith. Those were the days (to paraphrase Todd Gitlin) when the right got the White House and the left got the English departments, where the Enlightenment was seen as quaint at best and as the source of Western claims to superiority at worst. The battles of the 1980s dimly echoed those waged over ...

A Hard Dog to Keep on the Porch

Christopher Hitchens, 6 June 1996

... their country (i.e. the particular policy of a particular government) right or wrong.(My friend Todd Gitlin, author of the best book on this period, points out the ranking of ‘fight, kill and maybe die’ as the correct order in which anti-war people listed their objections.) But towards the close of this telling letter, Clinton explains to Holmes ...

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