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Highly personal and original . . . McKibben goes beyond Marshall McLuhan's theory that the medium is the message.

----The New York Times

Imagine watching an entire day's worth of television on every single channel. Acclaimed environmental writer and culture critic Bill McKibben subjected himself to this sensory overload in an experiment to verify whether we are truly better informed than previous generations. Bombarded with newscasts and fluff pieces, game shows and talk shows, ads and infomercials, televangelist pleas and Brady Bunch episodes, McKibben processed twenty-four hours of programming on all ninety-three Fairfax, Virginia, cable stations. Then, as a counterpoint, he spent a day atop a quiet and remote mountain in the Adirondacks, exploring the unmediated man and making small yet vital discoveries about himself and the world around him. As relevant now as it was when originally written in 1992-and with new material from the author on the impact of the Internet age-this witty and astute book is certain to change the way you look at television and perceive media as a whole.

By turns humorous, wise, and troubling . . . a penetrating critique of technological society.-Cleveland Plain Dealer

Masterful . . . a unique, bizarre portrait of our life and times.

-Los Angeles Times

Do yourself a favor: Put down the remote and pick up this book.

-Houston Chronicle

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An extended essay on what we miss by watching too much television. The author compares his experiences in a 24 hour period spent watching TV and another spent outdoors. Many might also compare (and prefer) that outdoor experience to spending time with this book. No bibliography.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

Mckibben, Bill
Random House
New York :
Popular Culture
Philosophy of nature
Television broadcasting
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
v. 32
Publication Date:
x, 261 p.

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