Hougan's basic faith is that when technological breakdown comes, the balkanised culture and the people who inhabit it will find themselves unable to cope.
Hougan's basic faith is that when technological breakdown comes, the balkanised culture and the people who inhabit it will find themselves unable to cope. Written in a bizarre but readable and indeed vivid style, this book remains a memorable social critique. His argument contains quite a few gaps, but you can probably fill them in given the inclination; a more connected style would make the book drier and duller. His criticism of subcultural balkanisation, the superficiality of it all, and how it is cultivated by marketing, remains memorable. These are things that do not feed the soul.
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Hougan's first book, Decadence, was published soon after his return from . All were published in the . Decadence: Radical Nostalgia, Narcissism and Decline, William Morrow, New York, 1975.
Hougan's first book, Decadence, was published soon after his return from Europe. His second book, Spooks, reported on the "metastasis" of the American intelligence community and the emerging "cryptocracy. by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, In. as well as by publishers in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
Toggle navigationMENU. "Social conditions in the West directly parallel. those which led to the emergence of revolutionary millenarianism in the medieval era,"" says Houghan who seems also to have ingested Norman Cohn whole. To each man his own Apocalypse-there will be as many sects as there are charismatic leaders though, naturally, in the 20th century they will not necessarily be religious figures.
Decadence: Radical nostalgia, narcissism, and decline in the seventies. Hougan's basic faith is that when technological breakdown comes, the balkanised culture and the people who inhabit it will find themselves unable to cope.
Both Hougan and Wolfe inadvertently provide evidence, however, that undermines a religious interpretation of the consciousness movement. Hougan notes that survival has become the catchword of the Seventies and collective narcissism the dominant disposition. Since the society has no future, it makes sense to live only for the moment, to fix our eyes on our own private performance, to become connoisseurs of our own decadence, to cultivate a transcendental self-attention.
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