How to Watch TV News

By Neil Postman and Steve Powers
Read by Jeff Riggenbach

4.50 Hours 02/01/1997 unabridged
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America is suffering from an information glut. Most Americans are no longer clear about what news is worth remembering or how any of it connects to anything else. Thus, Americans are rapidly becoming the least knowledgeable people in the industrial world. In How to Watch TV News, author and academic Neil Postman and television journalist Steve Powers show how you can become a discerning viewer. They show the difference between entertainment fodder and genuine news, pointing to the symbiotic relationship between TV news and advertising. They explain why TV news has become a “cash cow,” and stress that anyone who relies exclusively on TV for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake.

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Summary

Summary

America is suffering from an information glut. Most Americans are no longer clear about what news is worth remembering or how any of it connects to anything else. Thus, Americans are rapidly becoming the least knowledgeable people in the industrial world.

In How to Watch TV News, author and academic Neil Postman and television journalist Steve Powers show how you can become a discerning viewer. They show the difference between entertainment fodder and genuine news, pointing to the symbiotic relationship between TV news and advertising. They explain why TV news has become a “cash cow,” and stress that anyone who relies exclusively on TV for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] brief, helpful analysis of America’s most popular news source…[in] a sober but accessible style.” Publishers Weekly
“Jeff Riggenbach’s reading is ideal: very clear, comfortably paced and objective in tone. This reviewer urges this book on every adult in America.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Neil Postman

Neil Postman (1931–2003) was chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at New York University and founder of its Media Ecology program. He wrote more than twenty books. His son Andrew Postman is the author of five books, and his work appears in numerous publications.

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Author Bio: Steve Powers

Steve Powers is an Emmy Award–winning journalist with more than forty-five years of experience in broadcast news. He is the coauthor of How to Watch TV News.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 4.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English