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Disconnected America: The Consequences of Mass Media in a Narcissistic World (Media, Communication, and Culture in America)by Ed Shane
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The more that media and advertising bombard consumers with messages, the more consumers find ways to filter out everything except for what interests them as individuals. What are the consequences — for individuals and society — of this trend?<P>Media consultant Ed Shane convincingly demonstrates that we are moving from a society in which the mass media created a sense of connection among individuals to one in which the media now foster a "self-editing" consumer who filters out collective experience and universal knowledge, the organizational benchmarks of culture. As a result, he foresees an uncivil society composed of inwardly focused citizens with little or no ability to learn from historical experience.
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Not only television is the source of what Shane (media consultant and author) sees as the profound loss of community in America, but the sound byte style and frenetic ads are important contributors to create what he characterizes as the over-stimulated, self-editing consumer. Drawing on the work of Neil Postman, Christopher Lasch, and Robert Putnam, Shane outlines media's role in leading to a decline in civility and the loss of the ability to learn from historical antecedents.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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