Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything

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  • Title: Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything
  • Author: F.S. Michaels
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  1. David Kelley, pulitzer prize winning historian The entire Bay Area is enad with these notions of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, mega success, he says It s in the air we breathe out here It s an atmosphere that can be toxic to refuge, contemplation, and investigation for its own sake I give this book 5 stars for quality of ideas, 2.5 stars for quality of execution I think this is a very important book with a critical message I m glad I came across this book thanks Caterina because I ve [...]


  2. I think the premise of the book is much intriguing than the actual read The premise is that every period in history is dominated by a master story e.g the religion story, the science story , and that our period is dominated by the economic story Monoculture refers to the effect that this master story has on culture one narrative in society that takes over the others, shrinking diversity and forming a monoculture The author argues that values such as truth, beauty, justice, and freedom are being [...]


  3. The principal thesis behind this book is intriguing In biology monocultures are a bad thing because they weaken the natural bio diversity of a species, making it susceptible to a disastrous pest or disease or leaving it less able to adapt to other changes in its environment This is a well accepted theory.Now suppose that same concept also holds true for ideas, especially the key ideas underlying our civilization religion, community, education, work, relationships If those are also dominated by [...]


  4. The concept of monoculture is intriguing and worthy of thorough insight and discussion This book, however, was not that Instead, it s a superficial, formulaic, often overstated, predictable diatribe against economics as the least common denominator that one is very likely to hear at some stoner gathering in an undergraduate dorm.One positive takeaway is that the bibliography is really impressive The goal of the book is very commendable, but it s a failure in the execution.


  5. I went into this book expecting something else I was interested in the idea of how the stories we tell ourselves whether individually or collectively shape our decisions or behaviours This book is basically about how capitalism has ruined everything education, creativity, science and religion which for a leftie like me, is not telling me anything I don t already know Some pretty basic ideas here, well referenced and expressed.


  6. F.S Michaels artfully avoids one word throughout her book capitalism The entire book is a critique of capitalism, or at least the renegade form of hyper capitalism we find ourselves suffocating from in the West By cleverly shielding the reader from the c word and avoiding polarizing political and economic labels, she encourages readers to simply look at the facts and judge for themselves whether the current economic culture, which pervades all aspects of daily life from relationships to nature t [...]



  7. This book looks at our current economic monoculture in other words, the way that the overarching narrative of economics has entered every aspect of our lives, from the obvious like business to the personal and creative Perhaps what I liked most here was the idea of parallel cultures, rather than countercultures In this idea, groups or ideas, like the slow food movement or pattern language architecture don t stand as a rejection of capitalism, but rather a different way to approach that aspect of [...]


  8. Booooooooooooorrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnggggggg Sorry Cate I usually really like narrative nonfiction think freakanomics, Malcolm Gladwell, Atul Gawande but I just couldn t get into this one I think it was the writing style, honestly this just read like a textbook to me I didn t find all the examples of the economic story particularly enlightening Perhaps, though, my upcoming book club discussion will breathe some new life into it.



  9. A book that challenges us to look at the story we re living in now an economic one How does the story of economics change everything in our lives into transactional relationships That s the main takeaway for me Think about the way you think should everything be evaluated by its potential economic value it s a good read to wake you up a bit While I agree with some other reviewers that the writing style is a little flat and simply done, I think that could also be a strength, in allowing this book [...]


  10. Jeff Imbach of Soulstream, in his two persuasive essays below and in a recent Soulstream partner e mail exchange, convinced me to read this book I am aware that I am too little moved by the injustices in our world that have been perpetuated by this monoculture Perhaps my reading of this book may help to soften my heart.1 clarion journal clario2 clarion journal clarioI loved this little book The author makes a persuasive case that we are presently living in a monoculture a society dominated in 21 [...]


  11. Simple, easy to digest book, which discusses a complex and grotesque topic Will be one I will keep additional copies of to get people to think about how economics frames our view of the world.


  12. This book is a mess That s a shame because Michaels makes important, if not novel, observations about the rise of market theory in aspects across our society, and she does a great job of making this message interesting and digestible With focus, restraint and effort this could have been a landmark book on contemporary culture The middle chapters are a moving summary of how economic theory has changed varied aspects of our lives.The biggest problem is the weakly argued abstraction of the current [...]


  13. I got this ebook from LibraryThings early reviewer program In exchange for a free copy of the book, I have to post a review.I have been sitting on this book for months I just wasn t in the head space for it until recently The premise of the book is that our society and culture develops around one common message The modern message is one of economics Michaels does a good job explaining how the economic message has permeated our lives from our careers and education to our religion and creative act [...]


  14. This book completely captured my attention I thought it would be a hard read but I was intrigued right from the beginning about how I could transcend the monoculture once I understood it I also like how the implications transcend all cultures and all people The book does a great job of encompassing the main components of most people s lives in the six chapters about work, relationships and the natural world, community, physical and spiritual health, education and creativity themes that essential [...]


  15. Reading MONOCULTURE HOW ONE STORY IS CHANGING EVERYTHING is like taking the red pill in THE MATRIX It not that I was unaware of how influential the culture of business is, but F.S Michaels writes about the extent to which it is so persuasive as to pave over all paths and drive our lives, leaving us in the backseat thinking we still have our hands on the wheel, that made me feel as if I had woke up just before going off a cliff Every era has its narrative, whether it be religious or scientific or [...]


  16. What I took from this book we ve let money fuck everything up The economic story has become the dominant one for most everything in life, including things that might should ve been left out of it Things like health care, education, and art Additionally, when you evaluate everything having children, your relationships with others, your hobbies even in terms of how they benefit you or not in economic terms, we lose the character of life and of living as humans Not everyone wants to live within the [...]


  17. I want to start this review with one of those deep movie trailer voices If there is one non fiction book you should read this year to get your attention, to add drama but actually I d really mean it Read this book Full disclosure FS Michaels is a colleague of mine but this book still kicks non fiction ass Michaels takes on the rise of the economic story and shows how it is changing the way that we live As human beings, we ve always told stories stories about who we are, where we come from, and w [...]


  18. This book is based on an interesting, and timely, premise that culture in each period of time, or era, is defined by a dominant idea This dominant idea will come to affect the actions and thoughts of those living through it, though we are not really aware of this dominant idea until some time has passed After introducing this idea, Micheals spends the remainder of the book outlining how the dominant idea of this age economics is creating a monoculture, and what the detrimental impacts of this ar [...]


  19. I m just in the early stages, but so far, great read I have some strong thoughts on much of what I ve read so far, including Michael s accurate description of how our current Economic Monoculture is influencing just about everything is Western lives I just finished reading his take on those who ve tried to mix non profit with a for profit model, and his take that experts agree this is a bad idea Coming from the Economic mindset, this makes sense But my own experience shows that there is yet anot [...]


  20. Monoculture by F.S Michaels looks at how the unwritten and unspoken dominant culture of an area can shape the lives of the people within that culture She argues that the current monoculture of the developed world is money or broadly the worth of things and actions.Michaels outlines her argument around these key areas work, relationship with others, relationships with the world, education, physical health, mental health, communities, and creativity Against each of these areas of the human condit [...]


  21. It is perhaps unfair to be frustrated with a book called Monoculture for being so one sided in its argument But nonetheless, I am I read this with an eye toward using it in my argumentation and reasoning course, and I may yet do so the things it does well constructing a particular perspective it does very well But its representation of its sources within its prose is, to my way of thinking, borderline unethical it relies almost wholly upon endnotes to indicate its source material, and there is r [...]


  22. Popolnoma se strinjam z enim od komentarjev, ki pravi, da si osnovna ideja oziroma teza zaslu i petico, izvedba pa je komaj zadovoljiva.Z vseh vetrov napaberkovane bolj ali manj tehtne misli so zlepljene z ne najbolj izrazitim in prepri ljivim avtori inim vezivom To pu a vtis ideolo ko obarvane recikla e oziroma skrpanke, kar pa je v navzkri ju z osnovno poanto, ki je proti monokulturi, eni vsemogo ni zgodbi, vseobsegajo i ideologiji.Ta idejno zelo zanimiv in aktualen pamflet ima skoraj 200 skli [...]


  23. The idea presented in this book is simple, interesting and inspiring The narrative however, feels utterly dull It completely failed to mesmerize me Until I was about halfway, then it unexpectedly begun to draw me in It has source references, which I find a major plus for this kind of book In fact, a necessity to be credible.It feels a bit too rational being a book about stories Other books have told a very similar story much in a interesting way Yet, being so rational as it is, it does clarify [...]


  24. Won this on First Reads Giveaway I can t wait for its arrival.Great book that really makes you think about the forces that shape thoughts and culture The way economics permeates all aspects of modern life and shapes the discussion and reality is a sobering thought The book is well researched, well written, and accessible to a wide range of readers At only 130 pages people can fly through this book and then come back and spend some time in the details My only complaint is about the simplicity of [...]


  25. This is an entirely worthwhile book to read because the central premise of it is so right and so powerful However, as another reviewer has pointed out, the writing is weak and the way the author has structured his argument could have been much powerful The main reason to read this book, though, is to grasp the concept of a monoculture and recognize that we exist within one here in the United States People who travel to other countries and cultures will recognize this reality very readily I thin [...]


  26. What a great book to start the new year It s about how almost every aspect of our lives has come to be directed by the economic value system, and increasingly only by it As opposed to the diversity of values that encompass the human experience Not a rant on overthrowing or reforming the system, but a thoughtful reminder of the parallel values that exist or await to be created outside of it.Quick read, dangerously thought provoking Stories tell us who we are and what the world is like When you he [...]


  27. The main idea in this book is that there is a loss of value diversity in different areas of life, and that changes how we live The book has a wide application to a wide variety of readers because it looks at changing trends in work, education, communities, creativity and the art, spirituality, healthcare and government I found the book very approachable, well written, and accessible Lots of good examples, good synthesis of complex ideas, and I ended up doing lots of hmmm, that s interesting I wa [...]


  28. Oh, the frustration I want to recommend this book highly for its ideas while acknowledging that the writing isn t the greatest Try it anyway it s thin The monoculture Michaels is discussing is an economic one the idea that everything in life religion, nature, education, medicine, etc should be viewed in terms of its profitability, its cost to us, whether it s efficient, and so on The author provides many examples yay , but in spelling them out, they come across as repetitive View this book as an [...]