Media Unlimited, Revised Edition: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives
"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 LivesUser Review - Joseph Garraty - Goodreads
I'm generally sympathetic to the premise of this book--we're constantly bombarded by imagery and sounds, and some of that experience has the potential to degrade our thinking and the quality of our ... Read full review
Review: Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images & Sounds Overwhelms Our LivesUser Review - Sean - Goodreads
Reflections on how the mass media has turned into a "torrent of images and sounds", particularly since the Internet became prominent in our society. Occasionally unfocused, but more than a few trenchant statements can be found. Not essential, but worth reading. Read full review
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