Okay, the final Entry for Section Three of The Third Place (1st Ed.) is now at hand. All I need to do is write a historical study of American Suburbia from 1945 to 2008. That will definitely be done before the end of the week.
Since Section Three is all about the First Place, allow me to discuss about its significance for the Second and Third Places. Referring to the First Place as the Household conveys a double meaning, now that I think about it. In addition to denoting the Household that somebody resides in, it is also a reference to the central government itself insofar as economists often compare it to the Household when discussing about how it collects revenue for its budget. This accounts for why the Council State and the Household are able to coexist together in Section Three. With Section Three approaching its end, I believe I should discuss about the general ideas behind Sections Four and Five.
In Section Four, I discuss about the concept of the Student Economy in two distinct manifestations. While the SSE technically came before the OECD-Type Student Economy in the early 20th century, the contemporary form of the OECD-Type Student Economy came in response to the Counterculture of the 1960s. Something happened during the 1960s to warrant the existence of the OECD-Type Student Economy, and I am certain that my attempts to uncover it last year came close to discovering why. I am convinced that the best way to approach the subject is to rely on the two empirical case studies and look for familiar themes inherent within them. In the Kitchen Debates and the Goodwill Ambassador, it is the role of Technology in the everyday lives of young people, how it influences their decision-making and perceptions, and how they affects their consciousness. The development of human consciousness, I argue, is at its most intense during someone’s adolescence, and at the forefront of why young people tend to strive for identity and independence during those years.
And in Section Five, I need to flesh out the details surrounding the Third Place in a manner that corresponds to the preceding Sections. What are the roles of the SSE, the VCS Economy, and the Council State in the formation of this institution? What does it have to do with American Suburbia and the two empirical case studies established earlier?
There are plenty of materials in Sections Four and Five that could be salvaged from an earlier attempt to complete The Third Place. All I need to do is to remove portions of their texts, revise them, and write new portions so they form a coherent perspective. I am confident that I can complete everything and have a .PDF copy ready for download by the end of next month.