I translated the name in English but I did not find:O I searched the name of writer and (OH MY HOLLY COW) The name of the book is assholism. This page was last edited on 6 September , at (UTC). Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms. Tellingly, Nunberg’s study of the word asshole begins with the observation that half of the people profiled in Barbara Walter’s Ten Most.

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Assholjsm we enjoy watching assholes tempt their fate, or even overturn it. Nunberg also argues that this is the Age of the Asshole because we now “find the phenomenon and its practitioners so interesting. WWII soldiers coined it.

Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years

If assholism is the witting provocation of one’s adversaries, then its defining characteristic is not obtuseness so much as the effective opposite: Ascent of the A-Word: Nunberg’s diagnosis of public life seems unnecessary. Perhaps the answer lies with George Orwell, who, in the same decade that asshole began its ascent, lamented the bleeding of all meaning from words of former force and import.

These days, if you’re not a socialist then you must be a fascist; but we’re all assholes now. Or maybe assholes behaving badly aren’t what’s compelling at assholizm. It’s a valid question, but the asshloism itself isn’t new. But, ultimately, what’s most interesting isn’t that “assholism” might encapsulate early 21st century life. Never was a word that you’re not supposed to say naturalized in such a way. This is the discussion, fascinating on its own, that leads him to his grand theory of assholism today.


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Its middle chapters return a profit tracing the historical evolution of the word’s meaning. As one example, Nunberg mentions Ann Coulter’s Muslim-bashing, assholis, he suspects she does for the sole purpose of rallying her fans and enraging “the libs. Aren’t they just engaging in plain old partisan dog-whistling, central in any democracy?

Plagued by “obtuseness,” he ” This signifies an unprecedented occurrence: A dick knows bool he is and how people perceive him. Nunberg asserts that the nature of our politics, the media and the Internet have “created a host of new occasions for acting like assholes and new ways of performing assholism,” which constitutes a new age. He says it’s assholism because of its tone and method of delivery — because we’re uncivil in new ways.

Assholism, the First Sixty Years”What I’m interested in isn’t a distinct species of congenital jerks, but a social condition and a disposition that everyone is liable to on trying occasions.

What void did it fill in our shared consciousness, our exchange of ideas? Perhaps we all have an asshole id in need of succor.

Let’s agree that the man with the Hertz Gold Card is probably an asshole here the word has a kind of verisimilitude, or as Nunberg puts it, it’s just the “shoe that fits” ; but if that’s assholism, it isn’t the same thing as what so many politicians, media personalities and their followers do.

The book asshklism far more interesting as a linguistic study. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. There are plenty of assholes, boring as a doorknob, who get no more attention than anyone else.


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For the Greeks and Melville these characters served a didactic purpose to warn against hubris. It took to literature in Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, then was adopted by the counter-culture of the 60s, by country singers like Willie Nelson and David Boik Coe, by the feminist movement, and so forth.

Fair enough, but it must be said, his book dedicates much ink to bolstering the word’s distinctions. But isn’t this the same light source merely refracting through a newer medium?

But he is at pains to distinguish assholism from that tired old saw, “incivility,” which he admits is nothing new. Follow Stuart Whatley on Twitter: If this is the Age of the Asshole, it isn’t because we suddenly find assholes compelling, or because assholixm easier than ever to be one. Why are characters such as these so compelling, then as now?

It’s that we as a culture would need such a word in the first place. But according to Nunberg, an asshole asshloism a singly different species. It’s because it’s one of the few words left that we all seem to actually understand.