Essay on Zeitgeist

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Zeitgeist Its acquaintance is inevitable so good luck at trying to escape from it. Zeitgeist is the spirit of the age, as the dictionary defines it to be, but in my own terms it is the paranoia or 'scream' of a given epoch. For instance, the international fads like high-speed Internet, diminutive cell phones that miraculously slide and fit comfortably in your jean pocket, and convenient photo-taking digital cameras reflect the zeitgeist of many developed countries of the past decade. We see these items all over place on expressway billboards and during the two-minute commercial breaks that disrupt whatever televised program happens to be on the screen. We even see them in the millions of ads…show more content…
By this blob inhabiting our carpeted floors, families absorb all of media's controversies and hot tittle-tattles - presidential sex scandals, suburban gangs, the deadly disease that is going to infect you next, and everything else that will make you run upstairs and lock the door. Enrenreich also informs us that the blob can no longer be stopped for it is everywhere and far out of reach to be confined. "Then, for the first time in human history, hundreds of millions of individual minds were wired together in a single teleneurological system, inhabiting a self-contained universe of image and jingle and slogan." (151) It's unfortunately true. We function in life based on what we have learned from the media. For example, before the arrival of the new millennium, from one news reporter to the next, word about Y2K's computer bug and the shutdown of all electrical systems horrified the world. Lines at supermarkets looked like army parades with their aligned frantic customers loading up on bottled water and batteries. The public has become so adapted to similar images of drama and fear that it now constantly produces more commotion after the previous crisis. It's simply a
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