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How to Watch TV News

Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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America is suffering from an information glut. 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.

In How to Watch TV News, author and academic Neil Postman and television journalist Steve Powers tell you how to become a discerning viewer. They make clear the difference between entertainment fodder and genuine news, pointing to the symbiotic relationship between TV news and advertising. They explain why TV news has become a "cash cow" and stress that anyone who relies exclusively on TV for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake.

©1992 Neil Postman and Steve Powers (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"Jeff Riggenbach's reading is ideal: very clear, comfortably paced, and objective in tone. This reviewer urges this book on every adult in America." (AudioFile)

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Fair warning for TV watchers

Despite its age, this book is still a good guide to navigating the problems inherent in TV news. The ideas herein also apply to other media, especially digital content

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Brilliant and Relevant

This book is brilliant, relevant and timeless. It is well thought, well told, well read and well worth your time and money. I do not normally post but I think this book is important enough to warrant a recommendation.

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A Prophetic warning

in this book, Postman and Powers explain the tactics used by news anchors, reporters, producers, and network bosses to keep the public entertained. They explain the changes that have taken place since anchors began to replace reporters as those who dominate screentime. Their most alarming prediction is that we would begin falling into tribes based specifically on politics, and this was written in the early 1990s. Thankfully, they also offer quite a few helpful solutions. This is a book that I rate 5 stars all around but I am blind and can't figure out how. #Media #1990sAmerica #Creepy #Prophetic #whitty #TagsGiving #SweepStakes

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  • Eric
  • Anchorage, AK, United States
  • 06-26-07

Beware Outdated Material

The book is ten years old although the audio format was released recently. Since this is a book on contemporary journalistic trends and corporate influences on the news, its age renders it obsolete.

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