Monday, May 25, 2020

The Revolt of the Masses by Ortega y Gasset

 
The Revolt of the Masses by [Jose Ortega y Gasset, Mary Duffy, Marciano Guerrero]

The Revolt of the Masses

From Plato to Rousseau, to John Locke, and to our contemporary Francis Fukuyama, political theorists have always attempted to look back to find the agents of change of civilization. In the digital magazine The Daily Beast we read: “The same ideas I dismissed as old-fashioned and out-of-date back in the 20th century now reveal an uncanny ability to explain the most peculiar happenings of the digital age. Are you, like me, puzzled to learn that Popular Science magazine recently shut down comments on its website, declaring that they were bad for science? Are you amazed, like me, that Duck Dynasty is the most-watched nonfiction cable show in TV history? Are you dismayed, like me, that crappy Hollywood films about comic book heroes and defunct TV shows have taken over every movie theater? Are you depressed, like me, that symphony orchestras are declaring bankruptcy, but Justin Bieber earned $58 million last year? Indeed, Ortega’s book should be called the “answers book.”

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