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Think by Lisa Bloom
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Jan 22, 12

Read in January, 2012

This book is a cautionary tale of the results of consuming a steady diet of junk media: squandered time, and apathy and ignorance about the issues that really matter. Filled with horrifying examples of "dumb Americans" pitted against real world problems such as child slavery, it's enough to make you check yourself before the next time you sit down to watch a reality TV show -- even if you do realize it's junk. She focuses on women, because let's face it, it's incredibly profitable to market fashion and celebrity gossip magazines and makeover shows. Bloom challenges the reader to make time for the "vegetables" in your life if you're not already doing so -- read the international news, do your own taxes and start managing your own finances, stop making excuses for why you mentally check out at the end of the day. Although I feel fortunate that I didn't find too much of the information in this book to be mind-blowing (if you really weren't keeping up with news in the past decade, you might), it is a good reminder to really think about how you spend your time, especially with media consumption. She argues that media companies create awful media for women because enough us aren't standing up for something better. It's a call to get off your butt, pay attention, and devote the time to things that are actually worth your time.
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