A Good Thesis Poorly Done

Tuesday, April 27, 2004
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Or so says J. Peder Zane.

Like the bound rants of Michael Moore and Ann Coulter, Callahan’s book shows how the world of publishing is being co-opted by the gasbag approach of talk radio: Say it and it is so.

Does America truly have a “sink or swim mentality” with a pronounced “lack of sympathy for life’s losers”? Are we really overcome by a “virulent new strain of consumerism” that makes us measure our happiness by the size of our flat panel TV screens?

Perhaps Callahan could defend those assertions. But in a sign of the times, he doesn’t even try. One could argue that this book reflects the cheating culture he assails. I think it represents the lazy, partisan rhetoric that passes for knowledge in modern America.

Apparently, David Callahan’s “The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead” is just another platform from which to launch an anti-capitalist and anti-consumerism diatribe.

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