This month's article departs from the structural analysis of education that has occupied recent issues to consider a matter of concern to the sociology of emotions: aimlessness. Aimlessness is not as well known as the concept of alienation but it is also a key feature of social distress, unless one looks at the bright side of aimlessness. This concept also yields a better understanding of a key feature of education, which is that education, whatever the system that tries to convey it, cannot work for the aimless but only with those who have the opposite condition, which is long term purpose.
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.