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The Age of Missing Information (Plume) [Paperback]

Bill McKibben
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27 May 1993 Plume
The author of The End of Nature asks an intriguing question: Which provides more information, 103 cable channels showering us with beguiling factoids--or a weekend in the woods? McKibben's work will forever alter our view of TV and the world.

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  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library; Reprinted edition edition (27 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452269806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452269804
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,632,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary and thought provoking 16 Feb 1999
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Bill McKibben is a great writer and deep thinker. This book is packed full of ideas that shows how television is not only ever-present and captivating but is teaching us, the viewing public, many lessons and a world view most of us would find abhorrent if we ever had an open debate about what ideas television should be promoting. This is one reason why our natural world is growing ever fainter while mass consumption of ludicrous products threatens to bury us. If you really care about your health and that of your children, not only would you think about their physical health, but you would be far better off being careful about the kind of garbage television is feeding their brain. This book makes clear the kind of information we do and more importantly, don't learn, by watching television.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a must read for all parents 4 Mar 1997
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Bill McKibben has clearly defined what is at stake with our obsession with television. Not unlike the chronic smoker who cannot pull him/her self away from the smoke filled room; our society is mainlining television while the wild world outside (not so gradually) disappears. What we could gain if our choices are different in the future or what we will loose if we choose the status quo, are articulately presented for us in an engaging exchange of opposites. Orginally written as an essay in "The New Yorker" magazine under the title of "What's On?", this book is a must for all parents to non-chalantly give to that son or daughter who just can't seem to pull his or herself away from that all pervading box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative and easy to read 9 Aug 1999
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This was one of the most intriquing books I've ever read. McKibben investigates the different realities of TV and nature. His results, as seen through this entire book, are shocking in their truth.
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What would you learn if you taped every channel coming into
your TV for 24 hours from your cable system. Then review
and compare the 2000 hours of video tape to 24 hours of
camping on a mountaintop near a pond. What will each one
teach you? Bill McKibben does an excellent job of capturing
what the real impact is on our thoughts when we watch
television. I was impressed by the questions he raised
and feel this is an important book.
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As a media sociology student I found this book most interesting. At first I thought it was difficult to comprehend the connection he made between television and natural life, but as the book progressed I found it reaaly helped me to understand those little things about media sociology that tended to confuse me. It certainly is an unusual perception but one that works extremely well.
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