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A TV Guide to Life: How I Learned Everything I Needed to Know From Watching Television
     

A TV Guide to Life: How I Learned Everything I Needed to Know From Watching Television

by Jeff Alexander
 

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A couch potato’s book of wisdom— 100% commercial free!

Some say that entire generations of Americans are being raised by the television…like that’s a bad thing. Not so, says author Jeff Alexander, long-time television writer, advocate of education by television, and recapper

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Read Jeff Alexander's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A couch potato’s book of wisdom— 100% commercial free!

Some say that entire generations of Americans are being raised by the television…like that’s a bad thing. Not so, says author Jeff Alexander, long-time television writer, advocate of education by television, and recapper for the popular website Television Without Pity. Here, he offers the ultimate in life lessons as seen on TV. Topics include:

• Saved by the Bell: School on TV

• Somebody Save Me: Super Powers and Magic Spells

• Tell Me Why I Love You Like I Do: Relationships on TV

• Making A Living: The Workplace

• And more

With a smart, snarky style, Alexander guides readers through important lessons gleaned from years of TV reviewing (now in convenient book form!), freeing up a whole new generation to learn other things, like how to cure cancer or solve world hunger…or anything more useful than watching TV (Author’s note: Just joking… there is no such thing).

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Publishers Weekly
Alexander, a writer for notoriously acrid web site Television Without Pity, takes on the common wisdom that television rots your brains by examining the wealth of knowledge he's gained through his lifelong pursuit of television viewing. Sly, wordy and tongue-in-cheek, Alexander offers commentary, insight and information that straddle the line between impassioned viewer and cagey insider. Limiting himself to pure entertainment (no public or educational television here), Alexander distills the influence that scripted dramas and comedies, past and present, have on collective views of school, life, love, jobs, medicine, cops, friends, superpowers and death. While he does raise valid, and funny, points while berating television's glamorous, unrealistic portrayals of doctors, lawyers, cops and a particular group of city-dwelling friends, it's always evident that he's made his living dissecting television-something that may alienate the masses who watch television simply to be entertained, not to fuss over the differences between NBC's fictionalized portrayal on 30 Rock and Studio 60. On the other hand, fellow television writers, industry insiders, critics and true media junkies should find some barbed laughs.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425221556
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

A former staff writer for public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, Jeff Alexander writes about television for the popular website Television Without Pity. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son.

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