The Classicist Podcast, with Victor Davis Hanson: “The Age of Mass Hysteria”

 

If you have even the slightest misgivings about gay marriage, you’re a homophobe. If illegal immigration gives you a moment’s pause, you’re a knuckle-dragging nativist. If you’re not morally outraged that there are still a few corners of America where you can see a confederate battle flag — well, do I even have to say it?

In this episode of The Classicist, VDH examines the culture of perpetual outrage and how it’s accelerated by the non-stop onslaught of social media. Listen in to the conversation below or subscribe to The Classicist through iTunes or your favorite podcast player.

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  1. user_82762 Thatcher
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    @JamesGawron

    Troy & VDH,

    My favorite way of saying exactly what Dr. Hanson was saying is “It’s not the medium, it’s the message.” Nobody is as computer happy as I was and still am. However, I try never to confuse my facility with the tech with either knowledge or talent.

    May the backlash begin.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  2. Titus Techera Contributor
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    @TitusTechera

    Excellent post, Troy–you’re on fire!

    But I disagree in part: There is something in the pump that does change the water. Well, I’m not a farmer–I mean, the internet really is chaotic–it changes people somewhat–it favors weird abstractions–it removes people somewhat from the situation in which the world is in front of their eyes, if they but see it.

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  3. legioinvictus Inactive
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    @legioinvictus

    I’m a recent member to Ricochet, and The Classicist podcast has instantly become one one of my favorites. I’m a huge VDH fan (I have many of his books, read his columns regularly), and very much look forward to each new episode.

    You’re doing good Ricochet, very good.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    stars-and-bars-flag
    The flag that you are speaking of is the Battle Flag of the Army of Tennessee. You’re a historian, VDH, get it right.

    Other than that annoyance, enlightening presentation.

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  5. Matede Inactive
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    @MateDe

    Is anyone else having a problem downloading this podcast through iTunes or is it just me?

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  6. Pete EE Member
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    Thanks Arahant. I’ve heard of the stars and bars. Now I’ve seen it.

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  7. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    Pete EE:Thanks Arahant. I’ve heard of the stars and bars. Now I’ve seen it.

    Of course, that was not the flag VDH was speaking of.

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  8. Douglas Inactive
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    Mate De:Is anyone else having a problem downloading this podcast through iTunes or is it just me?

    Well, I’d just be happy if he’d do more of ’em. Hope he hasn’t gotten too busy to keep doing these.

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  9. Troy Senik, Ed. Contributor
    Troy Senik, Ed.
    @TroySenik

    Douglas:

    Mate De:Is anyone else having a problem downloading this podcast through iTunes or is it just me?

    Well, I’d just be happy if he’d do more of ‘em. Hope he hasn’t gotten too busy to keep doing these.

    Due to an unforeseen scheduling issue, we couldn’t record one last week. That won’t be repeated. We’ll have a new one out on Friday and will resume at the rate of one a week thereafter.

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