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The Age of Missing Information Paperback – June 13, 2006
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Although the immediate focus of the book revolves around comparing what he learns as a result of a random 24 hour period in front of his boob tube as opposed to another day spent out in the natural world, what he really seems to be questioning is the electronic media's subtle but significant effect on our consciousness, on the way we perceive, interpret, and interact with the world outside our doors. It is chilling to recognize the degree to which sustained congress with the electronic media negatively paints, influences, and organizes our conscious perspectives on all we see and do. One of the most dangerous results seems to be a receding appreciation for and familiarity with the natural world. This can lead to some dangerous confusion about what is and is not real.
For people habitually electronically connected, the world of artifice & entertainment becomes the predominating influence on conscious awareness. What is the result of sustained exposure to the electronic equivalent of junk food? No one seems to know, but it can't be too great.Read more ›
Some critics of TV say that TV is bad because watching all the violence on TV makes people, especially children, violent. Others point out that the gratuitous violence is lamentable, but worse is the fact that watching TV contributes to hyper-consumption. McKibben takes the criticisms of the media to a much higher level. In this extended essay, he points out how much TV plays a role in how we see the world, how we expect it to work, and how the essential mismatch between the TV version and reality leads to unhealthy expectations or apathy.Read more ›
Bill Mckibben volunteered to undergo the torture of watching every program that filled the 90+ channels in a 24 hour period in Fairfax,Virginia in May of 1990.This required 90 volunteers (to tape their specific channel for 24 hours)to make his project a reality.
As he begins to go through the 90 odd tapes full of dreck it is not surprising that Mckibben finds a wasteland populated by infomercial hucksters,inane blather on talkshows,endless streams of commercials hawking an endless train of useless garbage.None of this is anywhere near as disturbing as the fact that there seems to be nowhere in the world of television where intelligent debate,contextual information or even a concern with thoughtful dialogue about anything ever makes an appearance.It is apparent that tv itself is inherently useless except for the business of selling product and images.Jerry Mander,in his book_Four arguments for the elimination of television_ goes into much greater depth than does Mckibbon on this subject.
The best observation of the entire book may be that tv constantly recycles the images,stories and shows of the last 40-50 years.What is insidious about this is that a generation that has grown up on tv is likely to have a vastly more limited grasp of history.If the young are swamped by the history of a short 50 years as though the world hardly existed before 1950,hasn't then the education process become that much more difficult?The decline of education has become so precipitous in the last 4-5 decades that standards have had to be lowered time and time again so that a large chunk of students don't flunk.Read more ›
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Good condition and description matched the condition perfectly. Got to me fast.Published 15 months ago by Amanda
Would it be anti-thematic to ask when this will be available on Kindle? :)
Seriously, I think this book, along with Sherry Turkle's "Alone Together", should be on the... Read more
While reading this book I was constantly thinking, "McKibben is on to something, but he just missed the mark. Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by K. Jensen
Very great and fascinating read, and really makes you think about just how much electricity is winning its war with the sun...Published on November 17, 2010 by salparadiso
This is a very interesting work, a long essay really, in which the author raises some important ideas. He also has a knack for turning a phrase. Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Tom Rodgers
What's truly amazing and impressive is that this book was written in 1992 and the insight that the author lends to the incredible tension between television and nature.. Read morePublished on October 16, 2009 by Daniel M. Knudsen
The classic question "what ought I do" entails not only an ethical imperative but a future orientation, a certain awareness (if not certain knowledge) of what's to come. Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by Gerard Reed
bill mckibben wrote this book in 1992 with some revisions in 2006, but his observations are even more relevant now than they were 16 years ago. Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by erica rae schiffman