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Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News

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At a rate never before seen in American history, young adults are abandoning traditional news media. Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News examines the reasons behind this problem and its consequences for American society. Author David T. Z. Mindich speaks directly to young people to discover why some tune in while others tune out--and how America might h ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 13th 2004)
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Sep 24, 2008 Erik rated it liked it
This is one of those book titles that either shocks, or makes you nod your head as you think, “Tell me something I don’t already know.” However you slice and dice it, this quick and engaging read is bound to surprise even the most curmudgeonly of readers and newshounds. Mindich, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Saint Michael’s College, tracks data going back the past forty-some years to effectively show that news reader- and viewership is at historic lows – even with t ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
The book is focused on an interview survey instrument that reveals most young Americans have very little knowledge of civics or current events.

I do not think Mindich is overstating things when he writes, "Because they have ceded their own political power, the majority of young Americans who are tuned out pose a huge danger to their own generation; when they are ready to become leaders, they will pose a huge danger to democracy itself. this chilling image focuses me and should focus you, too.""
May 07, 2010 Erik rated it it was ok
Eh. This book was mediocre, at best in my opinion. I think everyone knows why not too many young folk watch the news, and this book is just redundant. Also I think Mindich is biased as well- he never mentions FOX or the Wall Street Journal. It's all about MSNBC and the New York Times. I read this as a part of a course, and I'm glad it's over.
Mar 25, 2008 Kendra rated it really liked it
Thank you Dr. Jackson and the Public and the Media Course. Thanks to this wake-up call I now read the newspaper religiously each morning with a steaming cup of black coffee.
Sep 06, 2015 Andrea rated it it was ok
Some books would be better as a short article. This is one of them. The stats are interesting and can stand alone without all the filler verbiage.
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avid Mindich is a professor of media studies, journalism & digital arts. He has been at Saint Michael's College since 1996 and has served nine of those years as chair, ending in 2012.

Before coming to St. Michael's, Mindich worked as an assignment editor for CNN and earned a doctorate in American Studies from New York University. He has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, New York Mag
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