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Four arguments for the elimination of television (original 1978; edition 1978)
by Jerry Mander
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander (1978)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688082742, Paperback)
A total departure from previous writing about television, this book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous -- to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes -- that TV ought to be eliminated forever.
Weaving personal experiences through meticulous research, the author ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are "neutral," benign instruments that can be used well or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt. Speaking of TV reform is, in the words of the author, "as absurd as speaking of the reform of a technology such as guns."
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:45 -0400)
Depicts television as a technological monster, a menace to the psychology of the individual and to the environment, and an instrument of unprecedented autocratic power.
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