Susan Jacoby interview - Part III04/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Tonight, we bring to you our last part of our interview with Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason.
In the book, Jacoby writes that Americans have grown increasingly passive and uninformed amid a video-driven culture that prizes "infotainment," celebrates ignorance and devalues critical thinking. The net result, she says, is a "crisis of memory and knowledge" that poses a serious threat to the two pillars of American intellectual life, reading and conversation, and carries very real consequences, such as the war in Iraq.
We asked Jacoby about the current crises with Americaâ€™s newspapers, which are losing readers, money, and employees on a daily basis â€“ and what this might portend for the country.