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FSN Seminar – Oct. 23

A VICIOUS CIRCUS IN A VICIOUS CIRCLE

The New York Times Magazine has a political news column titled The National Circus. The articles, often by Frank Rich, are excellent, analytical and in-depth, going beyond a spectacle which no longer delights us but fascinates as much as it exhausts and maddens us.

For this talk, and forthcoming essay, Nicole Morgan has borrowed and built upon this image and metaphor of the circus, eliminating the overly restrictive qualifier of National. To this she adds the adjective vicious, chosen carefully from all her research on political hatred.  The internet’s instant tweets and circular echo chambers are perfect for compounding the toxicity described by Neil Postman in 1985 in Amusing Ourselves to Death, a book to be re-read. The product of today’s vicious and circular political hatred is death in many forms: death in the mind, death in the streets, death from the sky, and the death of much of our planet. Ms. Morgan will try to demonstrate that this is the goal of this vicious circus, a show with many plotters writing a unified script.

UNESCO video where it explains the analysis our modern world starting from Renaissance: http://www.unesco.org/archives/multimedia/document-2325

Date and time: Oct. 23, 2020, 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Location: Zoom, link to be send out shortly before the event.

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