Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It [NOOK Book]

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In this utterly original look at our modern "culture of performance," de Zengotita shows how media are creating self-reflective environments, custom made for each of us. From Princess Diana's funeral to the prospect of mass terror, from oral sex in the Oval Office to cowboy politics in distant lands, from high school cliques to marital therapy, from blogs to reality TV to the Weather Channel, Mediated takes us on an original and astonishing tour of every department of our media-saturated society. The implications...
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Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It

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Overview

In this utterly original look at our modern "culture of performance," de Zengotita shows how media are creating self-reflective environments, custom made for each of us. From Princess Diana's funeral to the prospect of mass terror, from oral sex in the Oval Office to cowboy politics in distant lands, from high school cliques to marital therapy, from blogs to reality TV to the Weather Channel, Mediated takes us on an original and astonishing tour of every department of our media-saturated society. The implications are personal and far-reaching at the same time.
Thomas de Zengotita is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. He teaches at the Dalton School and at the Draper Graduate Program at New York University.
"Reading Thomas de Zengotita's Mediated is like spending time with a wild, wired friend-the kind who keeps you up late and lures you outside of your comfort zone with a speed rap full of brilliant notions."-O magazine
"A fine roar of a lecture about how the American mind is shaped by (too much) media...."-Washington Post
"Deceptively colloquial, intellectually dense...This provocative, extreme and compelling work is a must-read for philosophers of every stripe."-Publishers Weekly
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Editorial Reviews

O magazine
"Reading Thomas de Zengotita's Mediated is like spending time with a wild, wired friend—the kind who keeps you up late and lures you outside of your comfort zone with a speed rap full of brilliant notions."
Washington Post
"A fine roar of a lecture about how the American mind is shaped by (too much) media...."
Brian Lehrer
"One of the best books I've ever read about the media."
O Magazine
"Reading Thomas de Zengotita's Mediated is like spending time with a wild, wired friend—the kind who keeps you up late and lures you outside of your comfort zone with a speed rap full of brilliant notions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596917644
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 664,126
  • File size: 511 KB

Meet the Author


Thomas de Zengotita is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. He teaches at the Dalton School and at the Draper Graduate Program at New York University.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Method Acting 1
Chapter 1 Learning to Love the Blob 13
Chapter 2 The Cult of the Child 33
Chapter 3 Twilight of the Heroes 81
Chapter 4 Identity Politics 129
Chapter 5 Busy, Busy 175
Chapter 6 The Fate of Nature 209
Chapter 7 Jedermensch ein Ubermensch 249
Coda: Terror 279
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2011

    chap 5

    nice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005

    Best Cultural History of the Decade

    This the most insightful, intelligent and entertaining books on the social and cultural history of our times that I've ever read. To understand where we are and how we got here you need to read this book.

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