Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide To Late Capitalist Television Paperback – 27 Apr 2012
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What is it about our society which makes sociopaths, i.e., the kind of ruthless individuals who make their own rules, so appealing? With his usual acuity, Adam Kotsko gives an analysis of contemporary TV shows (South Park, Mad Men, The Wire, etc.) to make the case that depictions of social disconnection are especially seductive at a time when our own society has become ever more destructive and amoral. Kotsko provokes us in suggesting how we might combine and reshape several features of the television sociopath, so that we might break the hold of the societal norms prevalent in late capitalism. --(Lars Iye, Author of the novel Spurious)
About the Author
Adam Kotsko is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Shimer College in Chicago (USA). He is the author of Awkwardness and blogs at An und fur sich.
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I didn't agree with all of his analysis, but that's part of the fun. What do I believe? His take was consistently interesting enough to provoke me into deeper thought, a compliment for any book.
If you've never seen The Wire, House, The Simpsons, Dexter, Breaking Bad or the shows I've mentioned above, it'd be worth watching an episode to familiarize yourself with their man character and theme, as when he references shows I didn't know it was harder to follow.
A couple months ago I was reading TheLastPsychiatrist, who I love (though of course not unblinkingly), and decided I didn't have enough of that kind of stuff in my life. So I asked a friend of mine from college (the person I know whose most likely to know about that kind of thing) what else I should be reading. He pointed me to a few things, including An und für sich (a blog). From there I read a few posts, and was curious about what the site was about, clicked the "our books" link, and was sent here. The title looked interesting, and the cover was handsome and spare, and so I clicked again and started reading.
Does that sound like something you might do? Maybe you should buy this. Afterwards you can send it to your smart friends who like good TV shows and talk about it. That's another good thing you can do with this.
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