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The Unreality Industry: The Deliberate Manufacturing of Falsehood and What It Is Doing to Our Lives

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The claims made for television when it was a fledgling industry in the early 1950s have virtually all proven false. TV was to be the great entertainer-educator, an electronic marvel that could reach into the lives of millions and, over time, elevate their tastes and sensibilities. As we now know, of course, the entertainment component of this equation has so thoroughly dom ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 27th 1993 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 1st 1989)
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Michelle
Jan 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Criticizes the news and celebrity gossip and general ways information is distributed. Interesting, but some theories and accusations seem far-fetched to me.

Quotes: "It is easy to raise money for the many victims of a well publicized disaster; it’s much more difficult to raise money for the many victims of continuous malnutrition. Gradual changes in the world go unnoted while sharp changes are immediately seized on by the mind."
"Our leaders today are not as strong as before. Previous leaders had
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Tom Darrow
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Good topic, but too much repetition and superficial coverage of themes. If you want to get the gist of the book, read the chapter on hero-making and skip the rest.
Laurel
May 29, 2007 rated it liked it
I read this during a phase in which I was rabidly anti-television and loved it. Take from that what you will.
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