Monday, August 16, 2004

Jeffrey Dubner, at Tapped, in a discussion of the meekness of the American media, links to a page on what psychologists call Learned Helplessness. My preference over the years has been for the older German term "Ratlosigkeit," with its more direct political implications, and I use it not only in reference to the press but to the educated urban elite of which they are a part.

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