By Alison Landsberg
Instead of compartmentalizing American adventure, the applied sciences of mass tradition guarantee that a person, despite race, ethnicity, or gender to percentage collective thoughts -- to assimilate as own adventure historic occasions wherein they themselves didn't dwell. that is the provocative argument of this booklet, which examines the formation and power of privately felt public thoughts. Alison Landsberg argues that mass cultural varieties corresponding to cinema and tv in truth include the still-unrealized capability for a revolutionary politics according to empathy for the ancient reviews of others. the result's a brand new kind of public cultural reminiscence -- "prosthetic" reminiscence -- that awakens the aptitude in American society for elevated social accountability and political alliances that go beyond the essentialism and ethnic particularism of latest identification politics.
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Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture by Alison Landsberg