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How to Watch TV News [Paperback]

Neil Postman , Steve Powers
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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Rev Upd edition (24 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143113771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143113775
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How to Watch TV News An important guide to understanding what you're getting--and not getting--from TV news. Postman and Powers warn that anyone who relies exclusively on TV for a knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake and suggest ways to intelligently evaluate TV news shows. Full description

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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor book 15 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book may be useful for that have not done media studies...or lived in a cave all of their lives.

Powers' work here testifies a fear of journalism, depicting these last ones as Machiavellian and all mighty.A lot of holes throughout, and overly simplified.

If you really want to know about the news, than go and read THE SOCIOLOGY OF NEWS, or again any work from Elliott. This entire book made me angry and I might just burn it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For News Junkies and Students Looking to Break Into TV Journalism 3 July 2008
By D. O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Truly eye-opening and fascinating. I read the first edition quite a few years back and eagerly read the newly revised edition that addresses the web and how it further affects the devolving quality of America's television news programming. It's astounding how little we truly know about something that is such an integral part of our everyday lives. The world of news can be overwhelming, and as a medium can't always be trusted. This book illuminates its inner workings in an easy and interesting way. You will never "watch" news the same way again after reading this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What you don't know you don't know 14 Oct 2009
By D. Rhone - Published on Amazon.com
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How to Watch TV News is an excellent resource for the budding media theorist or the person who wants to know why New Orleans and the Iraq War do not get the same airtime as a news anchor saying "Keep $#&* that chicken!"

The argument is simple - we need to learn HOW to watch TV. The understanding and properly contextualizing media (TV or otherwise) is not a given. It is not inherent to our DNA to know why some stories are presented in certain ways and others not at all.

The book exposes the danger and resulting vulnerability we all face when engaging with our televisions in an uninformed way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal 5 Aug 2008
By Emile D. Menasche - Published on Amazon.com
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Powers is the real deal--he's been in the news business forever--and he also knows how to explain and to look behind and beyond the obvious. Great read, and truly informative. You won't watch TV the same way again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but could use some editing 4 May 2012
By CP - Published on Amazon.com
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I read Postman's 'Amusing Ourselves to Death' as an undergrad years ago, and I got a lot out of it. This book seemed promising, but it would benefit from a more coherent structure. A better, representative title might be 'How News is Made,' because the first two-thirds focuses on the business and production of news media. The last three chapters finally get down to critical news viewing, and I wish they had been expanded to constitute more of the bulk of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It'll open your eyes! 12 Sep 2009
By Kim Wescott - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book as a textbook for a college course I was taking. It was very interesting and informative. I would have found it so even if I weren't required to read it for the course. It'll open your eyes to the world of media!
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