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.
"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
- Seth H. Wilson
Brilliant and Relevant