I have not read the print version of this book, but was surprised to find that I was well able to follow and absorb it in audio despite its intellectual focus.
This is one of a the key books on media and society that is truly accessible to non-academics, comparable to Edward Jay Epstein's "News from Nowhere," Joshua Meyrowitz's "No Sense of Place" and James Carey's "Communication as Culture: Essays on Media and Society."
I was convinced that Jeff Riggenback was the author, so well did he read, with emphasis in all the right places.
It took me awhile to absorb this book, which I listened to in the car in bursts, as I drove to work. I think I started it on vaction. It bears putting down at time to think about the ideas, which are significant and sometimes complex. But it is truly accessible, so I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the increasingly important interactions between media and society. Indeed, every responsible citizen should be aware of these things, which are still valid and relevant although they were written decades ago.
Not only is this among the best books I've ever read, it is even more powerful with this narration. Outstanding.
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