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TV by Susan Bordo
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it was amazing
Read 3 times. Last read July 10, 2021.

I love the Object Lessons series, and I love Bordo's writing, so this book was a treat to read.
Bordo brings her deep expertise to bear on what was once a material object—the television—and what has now become what is best described as a vast choice of viewing opportunities. Opening her book with personal narratives about her relationship with TV (who doesn’t love a chapter entitled “We Have Six Televisions”?), Bordo beautifully captures the multifaceted, contradictory nature of television: how it brings us at once pleasure and frustration and judgment (one of my favorite sections is “Disney Made Me Diet”). What struck me as most interesting in Object Lessons: TV is the way Bordo moves between a discussion of several genres—sitcom, drama, reality tv, news, politics—so as to illustrate the enormous and wide-ranging role television plays in constructing our daily lives and our understanding of race and gender in particular. With her typical wit, clarity, and humanity, Bordo invites readers on a journey across the decades and asks us to consider how television has been, as she describes, “a constant companion and dominant force—for good and for bad.”
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