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Media Unlimited How the Torrent of Images Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives Everyone knows that the media surround us but no one quite understands what this means for our lives In Media Unlimited a remarkable and original look at our media glutted speed addicted world Tod

  • Title: Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images & Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives
  • Author: Todd Gitlin
  • ISBN: 9780805072839
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images & Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives By Todd Gitlin, Everyone knows that the media surround us, but no one quite understands what this means for our lives In Media Unlimited, a remarkable and original look at our media glutted, speed addicted world, Todd Gitlin makes us stare, as if for the first time, at the biggest picture of all From video games to elevator music, action movies to reality shows, Gitlin evokes a world ofEveryone knows that the media surround us, but no one quite understands what this means for our lives In Media Unlimited, a remarkable and original look at our media glutted, speed addicted world, Todd Gitlin makes us stare, as if for the first time, at the biggest picture of all From video games to elevator music, action movies to reality shows, Gitlin evokes a world of relentless sensation, instant transition, and nonstop stimulus He shows how all media, all the time fuels celebrity worship, paranoia, and irony and how attempts to ward off the onrush become occasions for yet media Far from signaling a new information age, the media torrent, as Gitlin argues, encourages disposable emotions and casual commitments, and threatens to make democracy a sideshow.Both a startling analysis and a charged polemic, Media Unlimited reveals the unending stream of manufactured images and sounds as a defining feature of our civilization and a perverse culmination of Western hopes for freedom.

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    1 thought on “Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images & Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives

    1. I m generally sympathetic to the premise of this book we re constantly bombarded by imagery and sounds, and some of that experience has the potential to degrade our thinking and the quality of our lives in some way That being said, this book is intellectually sloppy, poorly written, and ultimately proves nothing it sets out to prove Most of the author s discussion of the history of media falls flat It is nearly all based on the writings of one guy, Georg Simmel, and relies entirely on the premis [...]

    2. We have allowed the media power mongers to have control of our entertainment, our news which is mostly entertainment , our internet, our social lives Facebook , and our private lives Facebook, again We have willingly surrendered to their version of reality , their editing, their programming decisions Media controls us we don t control it Media, through technological advancements, controls the speed, the content, and the hours of our lives It has sapped our strength and our minds It has taken our [...]

    3. Gitlin has his way with words I liked how this book was at times poetic and at times sociological The only reason why I decided not to give the book five stars is that it is a bit outdated, especially in the age of Facebook and Twitter.

    4. A respected NYU journalism professor suggested I read a book called The Whole World is Watching by Todd Gitlin but I couldn t find it at the Border s Books in my parents town, so I bought this one instead Only recommended for those few of us who actually think reading about the media in general is interestingI m a nerd when it comes to that stuff and even I found this book a little dry Dry, but rather thought provoking about the psychological reasons Americans have let our media become what it h [...]

    5. I had to read this for a summer reading project and I would definitely recommend it as an informational read maybe for adult readers It uses language that older audiences would understand than young children And it is very informational I really was intrigued, but I have to admit I got extremely bored and fell asleep reading it many times I think that I could appreciate it later on in life, but right now, it isn t the type of read I would just pick for fun.

    6. a light read, which gives a broad overview of some basic characteristics of our contemporary media dominated culture the writing style is fun, the references ecclectic but not unexpected from simmel to marx to the marx brothers still on the prowl for a philosophical and historical approach to cultural imperialism

    7. So this book effectively changed at least part of my life Everywhere I go now I see and hear things that I probably wouldn t have noticed otherwise thanks to the awareness Gitlin s book has brought I study the media in society so this book was right up my alley It s accessible and scholarly One would do well to read it.

    8. Reasonably well argued though some parts made sweeping generalizations that weren t always backed up The evidence tends to be anecdotal than anything but I will admit that he definitely offered up a lot of food for thought Although his writing was a little bulky, there were some nice lyrical lines Still planning to make a friend read this.

    9. I ve been struggling with my embrace of media overload This title helped me continue the struggle However, I don t think there s a solution Trying to avoid the technosphere is like trying to live in Los Angeles and not breathe smog.

    10. Reflections on how the mass media has turned into a torrent of images and sounds , particularly since the Internet became prominent in our society Occasionally unfocused, but than a few trenchant statements can be found Not essential, but worth reading.

    11. After reading Todd Gitlin s book The Sixties I have enjoyed his writing style This was an insightful book for anyone involved or concerned with how the media shapes our lives.

    12. A rambling, incoherent monologue on the media and its place in the modern world Written by a professor of culture and sociology at NYU.

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