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On Ong's Thought and Modern Capitalism: An Essay for Rob Kall

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Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the United States in September. It is 100% predictable that he will repeat his critique of modern capitalism, which emerged historical in print culture in Western culture.

So if Ong is right about how the contemporary communications media that accentuate sound are working in the depths of the psyches of people in Western culture, including Americans of course, then Ong's claim should be understood to mean that Pope Francis' critique of modern capitalism may be welcomed by those people in whom the world-as-view sense of life is being counter-balanced in their psyches by the resurfacing world-as event sense of life.

This is good news for Pope Francis -- and for Rob Kall and for others who think that modern capitalism's spirit of social Darwinism needs to be tamed.

Any criticism the pope makes of modern capitalism during his September visit to the U.S. will be reported by the news media.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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