Rising unemployment and a staggering recession has awarded Americans with heaps of free time. It’s common sense to use this time to build up skills, look for a job, catch up on exercise or even read a book.
Yet according to Deloittes fourth-edition State of the Media Democracy survey states:
“…More than 70% of US consumers ranked watching TV in their top three favorite media activities, outpacing Web surfing, listening to music or reading and growing 26% from last year.”
As comforting as it is to watch Snooki from Jersey Shore drink herself to a stupor, 4 hours of that can lush your brain activity. Though watching TV is the opiate of the masses; for the long haul, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you.Why not read a book instead?
I will admit I was tempted to watch all three seasons of I Dream of Jeannie summer but instead decided to read the following:
1.) The Stranger by Albert Camus: Although Albert Camus does not consider himself to be an existentialist, his 1942 novel about an emotionally detached french man, who irrationally mars a Arab man in French Algiers: is drenched in existentialism. Basically, it’s an easy read and existentialism, as well as other philosophical concepts such as absurdism, determinism and nihilism, are enmeshed in the novel.
2.) Balanced Scorecard: Step-By Step Maximizing Performance and Maintaining Results by Paul R. Niven: It’s fact that over 60% of Fortune 500 companies espouses the balanced scorecard as a way to create communication, administrative and budget initiatives found within individual departments, long-term projections and with employees. After reading this book, I know I can pin-point HR-related problems found in any corporation.
3.) A Child Called It by Dave Pelzar: Most people are not blessed with a golden childhood, and for those who are still suffering from it, this book is proof that you can strive from it.
4.) The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference by Malcom Gladwell: The Tipping Point is a sociological term for boiling points that contributes to expansive trends found in the 1980’s craze with Hush Puppies; popularity of Sesame Street; and a decreased crime rate in NYC circa 1990.
5.) Evil Genes by Barbara Oakley: Have you ever met someone so trifling at school, work or even at your internship, and wonder how they charmed their way to the top?; In spite of the fact that, along the way, they lie, scheme and screw with everyone. Well this is the book that will ascertain your gut instinct about these modern day Machiavellians. Oakley uses neuroscience, history and her personal accounts with her own Machiavellian-esque sister Caroline to color in how evil people tend to be the most likable person in the office.
6.) Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer: Fine, I guess I am a Twi-hard.
7.) Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer: Yeah, Meyer should have written a discretion for her 13-year-old and under fans for that birth scene: Too explicit.
8.)Animal Farm by George Orwell: Orwell simplifies his theory about too much government control ruining an entire nation by using farm animals running their own farm as the backdrop. After reading this book, whenever I hear the name Napoleon, I cringe inside.
9.) 1984 by George Orwell: This novel was written way past its time, and it reminds of Joseph Stalin and Mao Ze Dong’s communist rule in Russia and in China. I highly recommend it if you have a strong interest in political science.
10.) Metamorphasis by Franz Kafka: A lot of college-aged “philosophers” tend to spew authority over Kafka and over how his novella’s underpinnings in absurdism bring light to life’s issues.I read Metamorphasis and though the plot was refreshing, the German translation into English did appall me. The paragraph structure went into circles and it was a good thing I read Sparknotes, prior into reading this novella, or I would’ve been in a literary rut.
Even though summer is ending, I’m still going to retire my TV remote. There’s like more books I need to pummel before 2010 ends.