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A bit too closeted academically
on 30 April 2017
I was really looking forward to this book and was puzzled by the very dismissive views of seemingly bored students. First of all, aged eyes say this is a book for Kindle magnifications and not for print.
I gripe that media, which is after all to enlighten, entertain and shock is presented in a somewhat joyless fashion. My A level history teacher was more electrified when she described the sudden success of Protestantism was due to the printing press and the unprecidented dissemination of what one very annoyed monk had nailed to a church door. At times the statements are very parochial...I wanted to know if the Quiet train carriage had been introduced in other parts of the world.
Not only is it slightly dated (2009), but it misses out one component almost completely, (which to skirt around Amazon's auto filters I will describe as the adult entertainment industry.). The p....graphy world is mentioned once, in the context of De Sade, 18th Century only. Ummn OK, VHS tapes, DVDs, glossy magazines, the Internet, all a bit of a driving force for.....If you have heard of the monochrome service WAP (which does get a reference) on mobile phones which tried to present some sort of graphics pre smartphones, I can assure you that there was an attempt to present excited unclothed people on that very early in its introduction. Although I maintain a disinterestedness in the pictoral, it would seem to be a driving force in human lives and education, for good or ill. Since this is also very dated it also cannot ask the question, would Savile have got away with it in the instant communication era? Yesterday a political candidate stepped down because of his dated views, other politicians have recordings of their contrary viewpoints shared and brass it out. Actresses have private moments that get hacked and broadcast. This really isn't a book of the moment, but it wasn't in 2009 either, or 1989.