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Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television

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Television has taken firm hold of American life ever since the first flickering images replaced the disembodied voices innocently crackling from the radio. Ever present and evolving, television thrives at the crossroads of commerce, art, and entertainment. In Not Remotely Controlled cultural critic Lee Siegel collects his reportage and musings on this most hybrid medium. W ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Andrew
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very interesting collection of reviews. Siegel uses the medium of TV to comment on all aspects of American Society. What makes the collection so interesting is Siegel's opinions of some of the programs. I was genuinely surprised when he was unfavorable towards such usual critical darlings as Jon Stewart and Curb Your Enthusiasm. What makes these reviews great is that if you read through you actually begin to see his point.
Shawntelle
Sep 30, 2007 rated it liked it
This is a book of essays on television by someone who is way too intellectual to be watching so much television. I am enjoying some of his insights into social and psychological trends behind popular television shows, characters and categories, but there seems to be a defensive or embarassed tone in some of the pieces that makes me wonder how he really feels about what he does for a living (reviews TV for "smart" markets).
MJ
Jul 27, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was fairly interesting but ultimately became a little tedious. There was a slight whiff of snobbery in several of the reviews, but it was inconsistent. And even if he was writing for The New Republic, the frequent intrusion of his politics was jarring and distracting. Still, many of his observations were interesting to read.
Erica
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot, but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. It's very academic and theoretical, which I loved since I am always looking for more intelligent writing on television, but someone expecting to read a bunch of casual essays might be disappointed.
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Lee Siegel is a New York writer and cultural critic who has written for Harper's, The New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications. Siegel is a senior editor at The New Republic and lives in New York City with his wife and son.

In September 2006, Siegel was temporarily suspended from The New Republic, after an internal investigation
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