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How José Ortega y Gasset's The Revolt of the Masses helps us understand everything from YouTube to Duck Dynasty.

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Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 8:07 pm
I will read it!

Birgit W (160)
Monday January 6, 2014, 9:43 am

Vallee R (280)
Monday January 6, 2014, 10:01 am
Not surprised - we should listen to the past! We are doa good job of repeating it right now!

Yvonne White (229)
Monday January 6, 2014, 4:11 pm

Julia R (296)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 4:42 pm
Very interesting article that really makes me want to read this book,
"Revolt of the Masses." The author of this book seems to have some pretty accurate descriptions of what seems to be taking place today as a result of this rampant technology that has become so predominant in our society- but to see it back then and predict with such accuracy how it was going to influence our culture is really amazing! It shows that this man seemed to not only be a philosopher but a clairvoyant too! What is rather disturbing to me is if our entire society becomes governed by the masses and it is a type of hysteria, irrational, and a tendency toward violence which takes over a more civilized, rational and spiritual trend than I think we are all doomed! Let's hope that in the next few years, that the more regressive element in our society becomes less strident and
noticeable and that a more progressive mentality wins out- and hopefully that means that the ratings of "duck dynasty" will go down so low that it will be cancelled.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 8:13 pm
Sounds like quite a fascinating book to read, there are so many interesting perspectives out there waiting for us to read them.

Peta Clarke (30)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 10:22 pm
Noted and thank you interesting.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Wednesday January 8, 2014, 1:27 pm
Very much on my "to read" list.

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday January 9, 2014, 10:33 pm
Thank you Carrie.This book sounds like a great read! Jose Ortega y Gasset understands that the rise of new technological tools gives a global scope to the unformed opinions of people who, in a previous era, would have only focused on what was nearby and familiar.
I am surprised that Duck Dynasty was mentioned, cannot believe the ratings it has been given, and I want to somehow get on their site and denounce these new camoflaged (sp) guns they are now promoting, as these automatic and semi-automatic rifles are definitely not for duck hunting!!!

Kerrie G (116)
Friday January 10, 2014, 3:55 am
Noted, thanks.

Star S. (54)
Friday January 10, 2014, 10:38 pm
Carrie- thank you so much for this posting. It is so relevant. Will read this book, but just wanted to say that it reminded me of some advice that a learned friend once gave me in my early twenties At the time I had given up a leadership role and high paying position because of all the problems that came with it, and intended to take a job with with no prospects and below average just to be part of the crowd.
When you are different and you try to become one of the masses (for your own reasons) the massess will sniff you out and spit you out.
I can tell you this is to so true, and I really can see the truth in Ortega's concept and theory.
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