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The Age of Missing Information
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Author: McKibben, Bill

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Multicolor

Number Of Pages: 288

Release Date: 13-06-2006

Details: Product Description “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 About the Author Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including  The End of Nature,  Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, and  Deep Economy. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes often for  Harper's Magazine,  National Geographic, and the  New York Review of Books, among other publications. He is the founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and 350.org, a global-warming awareness campaign that in October 2009 coordinated what CNN called "the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history." He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. If you have a cold, you do not need to worry about reinfecting yourself with your lip balm.” That’s Beverly, who leads Christian calisthenics on Channel 116, Family Net. “If you used someone else’s lip balm, I could see that. But not your own.” So much happens between seven and eight in the morning on the ninety-three stations of the Fairfax, Virginia, cable system, until recently the largest in the world. On Good Morning America, Joel, the movie critic, says, “I learned something about England. For sore throats, the actors of Shakespeare’s time used to take a live frog and lower the frog by its foot into their mouths. They figured that would keep the juices going. That’s where the expression ‘a frog in your throat’ comes from.” Since seaweed grows “in the nutrient-rich ocean,” it comes as no surprise to anyone in the Annushka cosmetics organization that it attacks and destroys cellulite. An Amtrak train has gone off the rails in Iowa, according to CNN, and American companies will now be allowed to sell laptop computers in Eastern Europe. Kevin Johnson of the Phoenix Suns, so racked with the flu he had to be fed intravenously, nonetheless tallied 29 points and 12 assists in last night’s game. Meanwhile, a robot surgeon has successfully replaced a dog’s arthritic hip with an artificial joint. On the Fox affiliate, a cartoon Mr. Wilson is sure that’s Dennis (the Menace) in the gorilla suit, so he uses a pair of pliers on the snout; entertainingly, however, it’s an actual gorilla escaped from the zoo. The Infiniti Q-45 goes 0–60 in 6.9 seconds—“ ‘Wow’ is an involuntary response of pure pleasure.” Type A personalities are five times as likely to have a second heart attack, according to Otto Wahl, the psychiatry professor at George Mason University. Following vertical roasting on the Spanik V

UPC: 884623889163

EAN: 9780812976076

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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