A Thoughtless Age

“…Western culture has become inaccessible to the general public because we have lost the ability to see the world through the eyes of those who created it. A generation ago, the literary critic Harold Bloom complained in The Western Canon that it no longer was possible to teach English literature to undergraduates because they lacked the cultural references to make sense of it: imagine reading Moby Dick without knowing who Ishmael and Ahab were in the Bible, or Joyce’s Ulysses without knowing that someone named Homer had written an epic about a certain Odysseus.”

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    But, Hollywood keeps remaking the same old movies with the same old themes every few years.

    • Well there’s that.

      • infedel

        …and it is sad we have d-evolved to that.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Hollywood is getting its scripts from comic books rather than the classics.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        And the comic books are being written by cultural marxists.
        Bring back Spaceman Spiff!

    • Clausewitz

      No they’re making the same old movies but with new themes of the leftist and progressive nature.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        yah, dang

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        That’s not right.
        ‘yah, dang’ is dumb.
        so that was stupeed.
        you know, I am looking at the wallpaper on my screensaver and it is a million times more accurate than anything Bob Ross painted.

    • David Murrell

      You rase a good point. In fact early Hollywood produced movies depicting the classics; modern Hollywood reproduces Marvel comics.

  • Liberals arts, if the right source material is taught properly, can be worthwhile. It is, after, the cultural foundation of the West. The further removed from it we are, the more likely we are to devolve and to revive that which we decidedly threw away.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The biggest obstacles to the liberal arts are the high cost of tuition and professors who indoctrinate rather than educate.

    • Clausewitz

      The trouble is that the Liberals of today do not believe in classic liberalism, but in fascism and totalitarianism.

      • Hence the big Stephen King novels.

        Close your mind, rot your brain.

  • El Martyachi

    Hey Bloom was quoted. WTF is Mamba?

  • eMan14

    “or Joyce’s Ulysses without knowing that someone named Homer had written an epic about a certain Odysseus.”

    Nowadays any talk of Homer refers to Homer Simpson.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Bringing attention to Bloom’s THE WESTERN CANON will almost certainly be followed by a drive by the Left to censor/ban it. It’s the new Normal…

  • ismiselemeas

    I witness this every hour of every day here. A nation utterly bereft of even the remotest capability of critical analysis, where critique has become synonymous with criticize and art has lost all meaning.

  • Edubeat

    Ok so I’m a teacher. I believe much what Allan Bloom said about the closing of the American mind.Where I live in Peel region I tutor many kids of ethnic extraction Punjabi,Sikh,Pakis,Indians,Filipino,West Indian.. you name it. For example.classroom teachers no longer even touch the Christian themes found throughout Shakespeare’s works. I have to re-do it all using my own methods.

    • I would still talk about Christian themes in Shakespeare’s works. He was Christians, his audience was Christian and readerships thence forth were/are Christians.

      If the students can find a Sikh-related theme, more power to them.