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How to Watch TV Newsby Neil Postman
Synopses & Reviews
A scathing and prescient look at television news?now updated for the new tech-savvy generation
Television news : genuine information or entertainment fodder? Fifteen years ago, Neil Postman, a pioneer in media education and author of the bestselling Amusing Ourselves to Death, and Steve Powers, an award-winning broadcast journalist, concluded that anyone who relies exclusively on their television for accurate world news is making a big mistake. A cash cow laden with money from advertisers, so-called news shows glut viewers with celebrity coverage at the cost of things they really should know. Today, this message is still appallingly true but the problems have multiplied? along with the power of the Internet and the abundance of cable channels. A must-read for anyone concerned with the way media is manipulating our worldview, this newly revised edition addresses the evolving technology and devolving quality of America?s television news programming.
Book News Annotation:
Renowned communications scholar at New York University, Postman (1931-2003) and veteran broadcast journalist Powers teamed up to produce the 1992 guide to the critical viewing of television news. Powers incorporates new and updated information and perspectives here, while retaining what his teacher and mentor contributed. First and foremost, they insist, anyone who is not an avid reader of newspapers, magazines, and books is by definition unprepared to watch television news shows, and will always be. For readers who make that cut, they discuss such matters as what news is, the news director, the bias of language and of pictures, the commercial, television in the courtroom, what a person can do, and what a people can do. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An important guide to understanding what you're getting--and not getting--from TV news. Postman and Powers warn that anyone who relies exclusively on TV for a knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake and suggest ways to intelligently evaluate TV news shows.
About the Author
Neil Postman was chairman of the department of communication arts at New York University. He passed away in 2003. Steve Powers is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than forty-five years experience in broadcast news.
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