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The Assault on Reason by Al Gore
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Sep 17, 07

Recommended for: Americans
Read in September, 2007

Not a quick read, but worth the effort. I'm a pretty big fan of Al Gore. The main concern he addresses is that the shift from print media to television has undermined the involvement of most Americans in the marketplace of ideas and made us more susceptible to getting tricked by our leaders. He talks about how the one-way nature of television that lets us receive information but not send a response creates a kind of learned helplessness where a lot of Americans don't feel like they have any control over what the government does, even though we do live in a democracy. He uses the current administration as an example of why this is a bad thing, but the book is less about why Bush is a bad president and more about a cultural shift that needs to take place and is taking place as the internet becomes a more important source of information for many people.

This was a really thought-provoking book and it makes me want to be a better-informed citizen.
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Rachel Interesting! I'll have to check that one out. I, too, am a Gore fan.


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