The article on education in the last issue addressed educational goals. The article that takes up this issue addresses the question of educational means, and particularly how various means of education that are taken to be essential to education, such as grading and the school as a beehive of classrooms, become ends in themselves. That leads to the neglect of what strictly speaking constitutes education, which is the development of the ability in students to engage in disciplined thinking.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.