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By Michael Bronski

ISBN-10: 0807044652

ISBN-13: 9780807044650

<b>Winner of a 2012 Stonewall booklet Award in nonfiction

</b>A Queer historical past of the United States is greater than a “who’s who” of queer background: it's a booklet that considerably demanding situations how we comprehend American heritage. Drawing upon primary-source records, literature, and cultural histories, pupil and activist Michael Bronski charts the breadth of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender background, from 1492 to the 1990s. 

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In an age when men aremore than ever dividedfrom the basisof an authenticcommunionwith one another,when men's relationswith machinesand technology 38 THE ANTIOCH REVIEW seem more durableand importantthan their relationto one another,McLuhanfinds man'ssalvationin the technologyitself. For McLuhan(and I must admitfor Innis also), the vision of the oral traditionand the tribalsocietyis a substituteEden, a romanticbut unsupportablevision of the past. But even this shouldn't surpriseone, for scienceis the only legitimatesourceof mythsin the modern world.

Unlike the traditionalscholar,McLuhandealswith realitynot by trying to understandit but by prescribingan attitudeto take towardit. : Prentice Hall, I945, p. 393. The fundamentalproblemsof existenceare to be solved automaticallyand irreversiblyby the subliminaloperaion of the machineson our psychiclife. McLuhanrepresentsan apocalyptic vision,an eschatologicalpredictionaboutthe futurethat can quell our frequentlyambivalentfeelings about ourselvesand our inventons. He representsin this guise the ultimatetriumphof the technicalover the moral,for he tells us that concernsfor morals and values and meaningsin the age of electriccircuitryare unnecessary.

One can all too easilyforget that the word "communication" sharesits root with "communion"and and it is the attemptto establishthis communionthat "community," theoriesof communication,vulgar as they are in presentform, attempt to capture. In an age when men aremore than ever dividedfrom the basisof an authenticcommunionwith one another,when men's relationswith machinesand technology 38 THE ANTIOCH REVIEW seem more durableand importantthan their relationto one another,McLuhanfinds man'ssalvationin the technologyitself.

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