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Laura Kipnis, professor at Northwestern University and the author of Against Love and How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior, gives us the hows and whys of American scandals in her new book.
The perpetual scandal in the media is the obsessive focus on "scandals" at the expense of reporting actual news.
sooo trivial--don't we all know this? Kipnis's books are always a kind of lame focus on scandalous sex and its reflection in her own life.
I think observing self-destruction - as distinct from scandal - is a way to collectively exercise our thanatos or death-drive.
Can the speaker address ways in which scandal becomes attached to a single identity (e.g., Tiger Woods or Eliot Spitzer) as opposed to an event (e.g., the Teapot Dome scandal)?
Scandal seems to feed the public's thirst to ridicule others, which makes the public feel better about itself. The thought, "At least I'm not that bad!" is one that can then be used to justify or rationalize one's one bad behavior.
I agree - the term "memoir" to me suggests literature (eg. "Angela's Ashes") as opposed to strict fact. You are not alone in thinking that the James Frey "scandal" was overblown.
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