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A TV Guide to Life: How I Learned Everything I Needed to Know From Watching Television Paperback – July 1, 2008
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He starts out by saying the book isn't going to cover educational TV, public TV, talk shows, soaps, cooking show and reality shows. So much for it being about "everything" as the title suggests.
That means it's mostly him making fun of scripted sitcoms and dramas. He has chapters like "School on TV" where he claims to have walked into elementary school expecting it to be like Little House on the Prairie (that should show you the level of his intelligence and his lack of humor). There are other "chapters" on science fiction, crime shows and love. Nothing he says is worth reading since it's all one big joke.
He lost me early, when he claimed that TV in the 1950s "wasn't a true representation of anything." (How would he know? He was born in 1970 and obviously didn't do any kind of research to find out.) He also has an annoying trait of putting footnotes of his own side comments at the bottom of a page. (Why not just write properly and include them in the paragraphs that are already filled with his rambling rants?). He'll make obscure references to shows dealing with the subject but sounds like he hasn't really watched any of them.
If you have a serious interest in TV (I've read over 200 books on the subject) don't buy this book. I'll repeat it again-it's a complete waste of time and money.