'Mediocracy' will not be popular with cultural bureaucrats. Tassanos entries are well written, to the point and often amusing. -- Professor Anthony OHear, University of Buckingham
Amusing and acute, and a marvellous counterblast against the psychobabble that emanates from the pseudo-intellectuals who infest British academia. -- Frederick Forsyth
Tassano expertly skewers politically correct pomposity and looks beyond the bland surface to the rough reality beneath. -- Dr. Madsen Pirie, President, Adam Smith Institute
Tassanos book is a remarkable indictment of our failure to protect standards. Upsetting to read, and undoubtedly right. -- Alexander Deane, author of The Great Abdication
From the Inside Flap
Subversion as counter-culture is inspiring,
'subversion' as dogma is obnoxious.
Why does it seem that some areas of culture are dumbing down while others are increasingly incomprehensible? Fabian Tassano argues that both things are symptoms of 'mediocracy', a new model of society in which content is sacrificed in favour of appearance and ideological correctness.
A mediocratic society
- generates a bogus high culture in which trained technicians produce material comprehensible only to other technicians;
- pontificates about compassion, while promoting a popular culture that treats pain and humiliation as entertainment;
- appears to espouse individual choice, but is characterised by creeping authoritarianism.