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From Brotherhood to Manhood. Destiny and Free Will. Film, Television and the Psychology of the Social Dream. Jul 08, Tin rated it liked it. In conclusion, I will ask what all of these characters may be able to teach us about how to actualize the hope at the heart of our sociopathic fantasies: It's an emancipatory and fascinating take on popular culture, the brokenness of society which is both its own weakness and strength, and sociopathy as the ultimate capitalist attitude but also the only thing about it worth saving.
He may have gone a little overboard with the examples, though. The redundancy and unstructured analysis of most shows and points may have sacrificed the more abstract and substantial part of this potentially piercing insight. This book investigates why people love TV sociopaths, and the different types portrayed schemers, climbers, and enforcers. I recognise now that I am not a fan of TV sociopaths, since I have never or barely watched most of the shows used to illustrate the different types, e.
Although I know the basic plot and characters for most of these shows, the examples assume a This book investigates why people love TV sociopaths, and the different types portrayed schemers, climbers, and enforcers. Although I know the basic plot and characters for most of these shows, the examples assume a much higher level of knowledge, particularly related to The Wire.
This made the book very boring and hard to follow. There were a few interesting mentions of The Simpsons, House, Family Guy, 30 Rock, and Seinfeld , but I didn't get much out of this book other than a greater understanding of why I avoid current shows like House of Cards and Game of Thrones. Oct 08, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Kotsko's very sharp here. You needn't have seen the shows he discussed to chew on the food for thought he's provided.
Clocks in under pages. Lots of good challenging thought for such a slim volume. Jan 29, Bob rated it liked it. Interesting look at TV sociopaths and what it means to identify with or fantasize about them. I was enjoying TheLastPsychiatrist, but he doesn't post enough, so I asked my friend Brookes to recommend someone somewhat like that, and he recommended this round about. Also, if you don't read TheLastPsychiatrist.
Jul 02, Shala Howell rated it really liked it. Rooted somewhere in between mainstream criticism found in magazines like the New York Book Review and the high brow and reputedly inaccessible world of academia, this thought provoking book is an entertaining and relatively quick read for anyone who has ever reorganized their lives, even if just for an hour or two, so that they can watch or catch up on the Simpsons, South Park, House, Mad Men, 24, Dexter, or the Wire. This book catalogues the ascent of inhumanity in our current society. Fortunately, I guess, the only show I've seen of all the many written about is The Simpsons, because my younger daughter used to say, when she was about two or three: I didn't even know what happened to Ned Flanders' wife.
The rest of the shows cited are part of popular culture that I haven't had the misfortune to see. Sep 19, Brett rated it really liked it Shelves: Really insightful book by Adam Kotsko analyzing western culture through the lens of modern television show like House, The Wire, MadMen, and the Simpsons.
Smart, funny, and extremely well written. Perfect gift for someone who thinks philosophy is nothing more than empty speculation on abstract ideas. This book is thoroughly practical and understandable. Jul 11, saradevil rated it really liked it. A very interesting work that describes three classes of sociopath using examples from television to ask the question "why do we embrace sociopaths as heros? A fun and thought provoking read. Oct 10, Pinko Palest rated it really liked it.
I would have absolutely loved this book, since it seems to be bang on target on so much.
Review of "Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide To Late Capitalist Television"
Jun 18, arjuna rated it liked it. Jul 22, Azzam To'meh rated it it was amazing. In an awesome analysis of modern television, this small book shows how Capitalism tends to make the sociopathic figure thrive not only as an interesting ideal, but one to be emulated. Nov 10, Rob rated it it was ok.
Started out strong then kinda turned into an episode guide to "Mad Men". I actually bailed before I was done. Cindy rated it really liked it Jan 14, Ethan Everhart rated it it was amazing Jan 05, ERIN rated it it was ok Dec 17, Tim rated it really liked it Jul 06, George Bonea rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Antti Ensaro rated it liked it Apr 01, Amaya rated it really liked it May 22, Reen Raja rated it liked it Jun 29, Mary rated it really liked it Apr 26, H rated it really liked it Aug 20, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.