et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 2, April

Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited
Lance Strate. Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.In this book, Lance Strate-professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University, an IGS trustee, and a foremost media ecologist...
An Interview with Igs President Martin H. Levinson
How were you introduced to General Semantics?I was introduced to general semantics in 1979, through an adult education course taught by IGS trustee Harry Maynard titled "How to Improve Your Thinking and Communicating Ability." The course really should...
Convergence
What is happening to technology these days (Spring, 2014)? "Convergence" is the common answer.The clearest example of convergence is the cell phone (or should I say "Smart Phone") in your pocket. You can make and receive phone calls. And much more. It...
In Memoriam: Bob Eddy
The Institute of General Semantics has learned that Bob Eddy, author of Graymanship: The Management of Organizational Imperfection - winner of the 2010 S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize - passed away on March 28th, 2014.In an email, his sister Marilyn Eddy King...
In Memoriam: Laurie Clark
Laurie Clark, long-time student and practitioner of GS in Australia and founder of the Australian General Semantics Society, passed away on June 12th of this year just shy of his 96th birthday. Laurie died peacefully in his sleep. AGS member Pauline...
Letter from the Editor
A recent project involving media literacy has led me down an interesting historical rabbit's hole the past few months into the early origins of the phrase. Beginning in the 1960s, the first three decades of the term's usage show two general questions...
"Living History" as the "Real Thing": A Comparative Analysis of the Modern Mountain Man Rendezvous, Renaissance Fairs, and Civil War Reenactments
To look for 'deeper' justifications for the hobby [re-enactments of Civil War battles] would probably be a mistake.-Richard O'Sullivanhis is the real thing," asserted a tall, stout male visitor at one Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous, just one of over 1,000...
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Nicholas Carr. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. New York: Norton, 2010."Things are in the saddle and ride mankind," said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Substitute "Internet" for "Things" and you have the thesis of this volume, namely that...
Vitalism in Ivie
For a long time, I have had this ambitious impulse to boil down Prof. Robert L. Ivie's teachings into one word, doing so without being overly reductive. The word that works for me for now is "vitalism," which seems to capture the gist of productive criticism...
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