This week let’s use the crowdsource to discuss Eisinger’s piece, “The Politics of Bread and Circus”.
After the 1974 Fiscal Crisis, New York City assumes a new economic orientation, and Eisinger discusses a specific component of this new orientation. What is this new economic orientation? How does it contrast with the economic orientation of the city prior to the fiscal crisis? Why does this economic orientation come about, and/or what is it trying to achieve (don’t say ‘because of the fiscal crisis – explain the context the fiscal crisis created and how this new economic orientation fits into this context). Is this economic orientation effective? Look at what Eisinger says, but also look for examples of your own on the interwebs and make you own assessment. What does Eisinger mean by ‘the politics of bread and circus’? What are the politics of this new economic orientation, and how does it fit with the other needs/issues facing the city?
PLEASE DON’T FEEL THE NEED TO ANSWER ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS ! We as a class should address this slew of questions (and more!) so read what others write before you and reply to their comments, and/or pickup a different thread in your own comment.
REMINDER: You are not posting to the blog for this assignment. You will include your thoughts and responses in the comments section of this post.
Comments due by 12noon, Sunday 2/26/17.
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