Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Age of Oprah, Cultural Icon For the Neoliberal Era

If you work hard enough, if you prepare long enough, if you visualize astutely and pray on it resolutely, it really can happen for you. At least that's the way it works in the world of Oprah Winfrey. In the Age of Oprah, author Janice Peck explains, there's no such thing as collective problem-solving; there are only individual, market-driven and spirit-centered solutions. Water polluted? Buy it bottled. Dissatisfied with your kids' school? Find a private one or home school. Dead-end job with no respect and no benefits? Polish that resume and assume an attitude of gratitude, or get ready to start your own business. House falling down? Maybe you can qualify for an extreme makeover. Is the world view of Oprah really uplifting after all? Or does it disempower individuals and disarm communities?

Bruce Dixon interviews Janice Peck, author of The Age of Oprah, Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era...[Open in new window]
What can I say? I hate Oprah. She gave us Dr. Phil. I may hate Dr. Phil more than I hate Oprah. Oprah is a moronic shopping machine, Dr. Phil is a fat headed doofus. They're what's wrong with the US.

Them & the fact that there's sugar in toothpaste.


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