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Mediocracy: Inversions and Deceptions in an Egalitarian Culture Hardcover – 4 Jul 2006

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Forum (4 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953677265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953677269
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,364,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Mediocracy' will not be popular with cultural bureaucrats. Tassano’s entries are well written, to the point and often amusing. -- Professor Anthony O’Hear, 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

Tassano’s book is a remarkable indictment of our failure to protect standards. Upsetting to read, and undoubtedly right. -- Alexander Deane, author of ‘The Great Abdication’

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Why are some areas of culture being dumbed down while others seem increasingly pretentious and incomprehensible? Why is so much emphasis given to presentation while the underlying substance is often muddled or vacuous? Fabian Tassano argues these are symptoms of 'mediocracy', a new model of society in which content is sacrificed in favour of appearance and ideological correctness. A 'mediocracy' generates a bogus high culture in which trained technicians produce material comprehensible only to other technicians. It promotes a mass culture that is crude, stupefying and sadistic. A mediocracy pontificates about compassion, while treating aggression and humiliation as entertainment. In a mediocracy, authoritarianism is practiced by both government and corporations, but is masked by a phoney pseudo-individualism. Tassano explains how the meanings of words such as 'creativity' and 'challenge' are changed to suit an ideology that aims to subordinate the individual to egalitarian goals. He dissects numerous areas of mediocratic culture, exposing its deceptions and hidden motivations. With entries ranging from 'ability' to 'welfare', through 'academia', 'cookery', 'genius', 'meritocracy', 'philosophy' and 'stupid', Tassano's book is an irreverent guide to culture in a dishonest age.

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