Synopses & Reviews
A candid insider's tale of how the media really works and why it doesn't work the way it should, The More You Watch, The Less You Know
has emerged as a key catalyst in the debate on media reform. Since it's original release, after more than a hundred television and radio author interviews and countless print reviews and features, The More You Watch, The Less You Know
has achieved the near impossible: It has brought the crisis in television news out into the open, gotten it discussed on the very television news programs it critiques, and pretty much everywhere else as well, on the airwaves and off.
The More You Watch, The Less You Know recounts Schechter's media adventures, from when he was "Danny Schechter the News Dissector" on Boston's WBCN radio, to his stints as a producer at ABC's 20/20 and CNN, to his personal odyssey chronicling the anti-Apartheid revolution in South Africa, to his development of innovative programming like South Africa Now and Rights & Wrongs as an independent producer. In this age of telecommunications bills and media mergers, The More You Watch, The Less You Know is an insiders passionate plea for freedom of the (electronic) press.
Offers an insider's view of how the media really works and why it does not work the way it should.
"Publishers Weekly" calls this book "a sophisticated, irreverent look at television that will make readers wince--and cry". "A blow-by-blow account of the steady 'dumbing down' of programs and news over the years".--"San Francisco Chronicle". 35 photos.
About the Author
Formerly a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard and a television producer, DANNY SCHECHTER has made waves in the mainstream and alternative media for decades. Called the "alternative Walter Cronkite," he has witnessed and participated in the history-making events of our age, from the founding of the Yippies in 1967, to Nelson Mandela's triumphant presidential election in 1994, for which Schechter was designated the exclusive filmmaker, to the Media and Democracy Congress of 1996, which he helped organize, through the present day. He has reported from forty-nine countries in his over forty years in the broadcast journalism business.