Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care ePub (Adobe DRM) download by John McWhorter

Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care

Cornerstone Digital
Publication date: June 2011
ISBN: 9781446473221
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Once languages become written, they change. Only in writing does language develop the artfulness and richness that we associate with a Shakespeare, a Proust or a Whitman. Yet over the last forty years, the English-language has effectively gone into reverse - taking our lead from America and the legacy of the 1960s, our culture increasingly privileges the oral over the written, spurning the art of elaborated, 'written'-style language in favour of returning to the state of a spoken culture. Parallel developments have occurred in music.

In this controversial and thought-provoking book, John McWhorter argues that the 1960's rejection of cultural traits associated with the Establishment, as well as a democratic celebration of what anyone can do over what requires training or talent, has led to our culture being increasingly impoverished, both intellectually and artistically...

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