Moral Absolutism and the Rise of Authoritarianism in America

The moral absolutists have taken hold of social policy in America. As a result, the road to a stricter authoritarian approach to government has been paved with the loss of concern about real social justice.

How Michael Brown Transformed America

Positing that the details and circumstances related to the death of Michael Brown were in no way remarkable and were, in fact, excruciatingly routine, the primary sociological lens through which his tragically mundane death genuinely revolutionized the way that the tens of millions of American have come to see law enforcement in America must be attributed to one of the most influential agents of socialization: mass media.

Which Group of Successful Americans Share Serial Killer Personality Traits?

“The interpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, and the manipulation of others. The affective traits include a lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility. The lifestyle behaviors include stimulation-seeking behavior, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack of realistic life goals.”

How Expressive Mob Behavior Transforms Into Aggressive Mob Behavior

Irrationality in the example of an expressive mob mentality can vary widely. The most common and least problematic example is the irrational belief by the spectator that they are actually part of the team. As this irrational thought takes hold and is exacerbated by a solidifying at the emotional attachment, the potential for the violence more often experienced by members of an aggressive mob or acquisitive mob can increase.

Alamo Village in Brackettville Texas: Jean Baudrillard’s Theory of the Simulacra Come to Life

In a famous essay Jean Baudrillard utilizes Disneyland as the perfect simulacrum because it takes such pains to recreate Main Street, USA and other locales within the theme park that when people leave they no longer accept the reality of similar locales as being authentic and instead replace the reality in their minds with a simulation that they want to be the genuine article. Alamo Village took this idea to its logical extreme.

Wrestling with Adorno: Nacho Libre and Celebrity

Ultimately, what Nacho Libre shows is that every new generation of Americans responds to reality in ways they have learned from watching movies and televisions. For instance, ironic detachment is the rule of today, in direct opposition to the engaged emotions during the 1930s. Most people no longer respond to situations from a gut level instinct anymore; their reaction is tempered by what they’ve seen.