Media Unlimited, Revised Edition: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives

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Macmillan, Sep 18, 2007 - Social Science - 264 pages
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"A balanced yet biting critique . . . Gitlin is a savvy guide to our increasingly kinetic times."--San Francisco Chronicle
 
In this original look at our electronically glutted, speed-addicted world, Todd Gitlin evokes a reality of relentless sensation, instant transition, and nonstop stimulus, which he argues is anything but progress. He shows how all media, all the time fuels celebrity worship, paranoia, and irony, and how attempts to ward off the onrush become occasion for yet more media. Far from bringing about a "new information age," Gitlin argues, the digital torrent has fostered a society of disposable emotions and casual commitments, and threatens to make democracy a sideshow. In a new afterword, Gitlin takes measure of the most recent wave of inundation in the form of iPods, blogs, and YouTube.
 
Both a startling analysis and a charged polemic, Media Unlimited reveals the unending stream of manufactured images and sounds as a defining feature of our civilization and a perverse culmination of Western hopes for freedom.
  

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Review: Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images & Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives

User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

Reasonably well argued though some parts made sweeping generalizations that weren't always backed up. The evidence tends to be more anecdotal than anything but I will admit that he definitely offered ... Read full review

Review: Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images & Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives

User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

We have allowed the media power mongers to have control of our entertainment, our news (which is mostly entertainment), our internet, our social lives (Facebook), and our private lives (Facebook ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Speed and Sensibility
71
Styles of Navigation and Political Sideshows
118
Under the Sign of Mickey Mouse Co
176
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia
University and the author of twelve other books, including The Sixties, Inside Prime Time, The Twilight of Common Dreams, and The Bulldozer and the Big Tent. He lives in New York City.

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