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By John on 03-15-09
Important Book, but must endure poor narrator
This is the humanities done well. In the tradition of Susan Sontag's essay on the kitsch, Denby succeeds in expanding our consciousness. He identifies a class of communication which is rampant and dangerous, and through its identification and analysis offers some immunization.
Regrettably, the narrator reads with a sarcastic voice which doesn't fit the character of the essay, (I suppose the casting call was for someone snarky.) The effort of listening through the narrator is well rewarded by the books content.
Snark is a style of communication which is:
1) aiming to be humorous
2) usually forming an invective
3) invokes knowingness to other: that is it separates an out group ('them') from an in group ('us) by reference to in group knowledge or oblique in group belief proclamation.
4) And, most importantly, is logically inconsistent, or untrue, or badly evidenced.
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By Rebekah on 08-10-11
Everyone should read this book.
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in popular culture, journalism, politics, comedy etc. The narrator is likely the worst possible choice the publisher could have made and I sincerely hope they re-record it, but it is still far more than worth it.