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CONTENTS Introduction 1 : The Way We Live Now: Just Us Folks 2: The Way We Lived Then: Intellect and Ignorance in a Young Nation 3: Social Pseudoscience in the Morning of America's Culture Wars 4: Reds, Pinkos, Fellow Travelers 5: Middlebrow Culture from Noon to Twilight 6: Blaming It on The Sixties 7: Legacies: Youth Culture and Celebrity Culture 8: The New Old-Time Religion 9: Junk Thought 10: The Culture of Distraction 11: Public Life: Defining Dumbness Downward Conclusion: Cultural Conservation Notes Selected Bibliography Index
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United States -- Civilization -- 1945-.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-.
Mass media -- Social aspects -- United States.
Popular culture -- United States.
Reason -- Social aspects -- United States.
Social values -- United States.
Social psychology -- United States.
National characteristics, American.