How to Watch TV News

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Penguin Books, 1992 - Social Science - 178 pages
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America is suffering from an information glut, and most Americans are no longer clear about what news is worth remembering or how any of it connects to anything else. Thus Americans are rapidly becoming the least knowledgeable people in the industrial world. For anyone who wants to control--not be controlled by--the powerful influence of television, How to Watch TV News shows you how to become a discerning viewer.

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Nice little page turner. - Goodreads
And Postman, at times, sacrifices insight for glibness. - Goodreads
This is a decent introduction to the TV news industry. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Aketzle - Goodreads

Really outdated, but still very informative. I wonder what the authors of this book think now! This was before the rise of Fox "News," so things now are far, far worse than they were when they first ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alicia Fox - Goodreads

This book tended to overstate its points, but they're good points. It made me rethink the way I watch TV news. That is, I know it's all mindless entertainment--celebrity gossip, pundits, sound bites ... Read full review


Are You Watching Television or Is Television Watching You?
What Is News?
Getting Them into the Electronic Tent

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About the author (1992)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the State University of New York and Columbia University, Neil Postman is a communications theorist, educator, and writer who has been deeply involved with the issue of the impact of the media and advanced communications technology on American culture. In his many books, Postman has strongly opposed the idea that technology will "save" humanity. In fact, he has focused on the negative ways in which television and computers alter social behavior. In his book Technopoly, Postman argues that the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys humanity by creating a culture with no moral structure. Thus, technology can be a dangerous enemy as well as a good friend. Postman, who is married and has three children, currently is a professor of media ecology at New York University and editor of Et Cetera, the journal of general semantics. In addition to his books, he has contributed to various magazines and periodicals, including Atlantic and The Nation. He has also appeared on the television program Sunrise Semester. Postman is the holder of the Christian Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching from New YorkUniversity.

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