Virtuous reality: how America surrendered discussion of moral values to opportunists, nitwits, and blockheads like William Bennett

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Random House, 1997 - Computers - 212 pages
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New electronic technologies are "dumbing down" America. Pop culture creates violent kids with short attention spans. The decline of the print media has made adults politically apathetic. Communicating by computer isolates us and erodes our civic life. The internet, MTV, live cable talk shows, and other multimedia are corroding our society. . . right? Wrong!!retorts Jon Katz. In his brilliant "take no prisoners" polemic, he explains that if you believe any of the above, you've been swallowing the propaganda expounded by the powers that be, including the likes of William Bennett, Bob Dole, Tipper Gore, and Bill Clinton -- all of whom are keeping us ignorant of the real problems. This cutting-edge book -- as useful to media-phobes as it is to Webheads -- brings a much needed voice of reason and clarity to the debate over technology's impact on society. It will make its readers rethink everything they've ever been told or read about the interaction between technology, media, and culture.

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The nineties were a vintage decade for moral panics centered on the media. It was, after all, the era when the Vice-President of the United States (Dan Quayle) denounced a fictional character (Murphy ... Read full review

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In many ways, Katz has the perfect credentials to write this book. He has been a reporter and editor for the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, a television producer, and a mystery novelist. Now he ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Jon Katz is a media critic and novelist. He is Contributing Editor of Wired Magazine and has written for GQ, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York and other magazines. He is a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. He was listed as one of the country's most influential media critics in a survey conducted by the Gannett Center's Freedom Forum Foundation in 1995.

He has published five novels. He was formerly Executive Producer of the CBS Morning News and a reporter and editor at The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Dallas Times-Herald. He is the author of the "Media Rant" column on HotWired's The Netizen.

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