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Big Babies: Or: Why Can't We Just Grow Up?
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Have you ever had the feeling that we are throwing away two and a half millennia of Western civilisation, but by bit, as our culture becomes more and more infantile? That day by day we grow more and more focused on the quick fix, the ticking-off, the expedient lie, the jingle, the spin, the catchy slogan, the obsession with safety, the horror of risk, the terror of complexity, the preoccupation with surface, the apportioning of blame, the instant gratification? Michael Bywater turns his penetrating eye on the state of Western culture, from politics and the media to show business and science. He argues that the Baby-Boom generation is now running the show, and it's own commitment to perpetual infantility is reflected in its unstoppable drive to infantilise the rest of us. Ranging from the White House to Buckingham Palace, from MTV to the BBC Bywater examines advertising, music, politics, the health industry, education, religion, fashion, sport and publishing.
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