Triumph of the Airheads: Shelley Gare

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Triumph of the Airheads: Shelley Gare

Postby dch » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:39 am

This is a good book but I got bored reading it.
Because of too much sameness: too many anecdotes about airheads, examples of airheads.

That's what makes it attractive. That same thing. But better to read it as something to dip into for another exciting example of airheadism rather than try to read it as a novel, which is certainly isn't, or a scientific analysis leading to some conclusions and recommended actions - which it also isn't.

And that's a shame.

It was written in 2006 - it's almost ancient now, but the facts remain the same I think. The airheads are winning, have won.

Apparently.

But in the background there's the rest of the world - this book cares only about 'us', really, USA, England, Australia, etc... the 'English speaking world' perhaps is what it is. In the background there's the rest of the world which is probably very different. Perhaps not better, but maybe.

And beneath the gaze of this writer is that solid strata of scientists and engineers that build our world and keep it going and constantly expand knowledge, technology, whatever...

The lady is a journalist, or was, and her focus is on the 'chattering' classes and such.

She is not a scientist and she is not trying to be scientific.

It is an entertainment. It is entertaining. Not to be taken too seriously. Which isn't to say the situation is a happy one because it isn't. But it's not the end of the world. Possibly the world was ever thus.

Good book. Read it and see.

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