- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (15 Jan. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747570868
- ISBN-13: 978-0747570868
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mediated: How the Media Shape the World Around You Paperback – 15 Jan 2007
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'A splendid treatise on the ways in which reality and
representation have fused into a field of options' -- Guardian
`There are anywhere from three to ten stimulating ideas on every
page' -- Norman Mailer
From the Publisher
Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Award as the year's Outstanding
Book in the Field of Media Ecology given by the Media Ecology Association
Top Customer Reviews
It's a fairly accessible read for people who (like me) are completely unfamiliar with the subject, with Zengotita using a lot of examples from contemporary media and events to illustrate his arguments - including 9/11, Harry Potter, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Monica Lewinski scandal - which helps the reader to keep track of his arguments. However there are also times when he brings in elements of media and anthropological theory and philosophy or references the arguments of such figures as Locke and Heidegger with the assumption that the reader will be familiar with the same when this is not the case. To this end it might have been useful to have a further reading list for people interested in pursuing the subject further.
There's a surprising amount of humour in the book and Zengotita uses examples from his own life to help get his points across - my favourite being his account of a drama class he was attending on the day of JFK's assassination, when he and the other students thought that the news of the president's death was a method acting assignment.Read more ›
After reading half way I gave up. I just couldn't take it anymore. If you are expecting to find out how the media shapes the world around you, you will not find it in this book. My opinion.