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2.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 52.71 out of 5 2.71 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Postman, Steve Powers Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781455172863
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America is suffering from an information glut. Most Americans are no longer clear about what news is worth remembering or how any of it connects to anything else. Thus, Americans are rapidly becoming the least knowledgeable people in the industrial world.

In How to Watch TV News, author and academic Neil Postman and television journalist Steve Powers show how you can become a discerning viewer. They show the difference between entertainment fodder and genuine news, pointing to the symbiotic relationship between TV news and advertising. They explain why TV news has become a “cash cow,” and stress that anyone who relies exclusively on TV for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] brief, helpful analysis of America’s most popular news source…[in] a sober but accessible style.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jeff Riggenbach’s reading is ideal: very clear, comfortably paced and objective in tone. This reviewer urges this book on every adult in America.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 courtney | 12/21/2013

    " I quit reading it- definitely not to teach to 9th graders and rather outdated at this point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cj | 12/1/2013

    " some valid points, but i think this dude is terrified of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce A. | 11/26/2013

    " I love Neil Postman and have read just about all of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 11/16/2013

    " Although this book is really outdated (the internet was never mentioned) it brings up some really good points about TV news that I never considered; and I studied this stuff in college. This isn't a super academic book, which made it an easy, fun, yet informative read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eugene | 11/4/2013

    " Had I not already assumed much of what was said in the book, I would've found it much more interested. This is a pretty good book for those who regularly watch the TV news of any network though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/5/2013

    " Nearly 20 years old it stands the test of time well as much of how news is produced remains the same although done by fewer people and new technologies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bforcier | 6/17/2012

    " very interesting. backed up my assumptions with facts. Very disjointed that's why it's a 3/5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Randles | 1/22/2012

    " The authors seem to think that people are idiots. The book is written with a very sarcastic, jaded tone. However, it does provide an inside look at the motivating factors in TV news and what goes on behind-the-scenes. While educational, it seems to be too biased to be taken seriously. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 11/18/2011

    " had to read for English 1410, Fall 2011. Hm, let's just say I don't have any interest in the news whatsoever so this book wasn't my idea of a good time.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 11/11/2011

    " well worth the time to read. some examples are starting to become dated but the reasoning and the essential points are timeless. highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/5/2011

    " just like most books he writes, only the first and last 2 chapters are worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Feltskog | 9/3/2010

    " I don't necessarily agree with other reviewers about whether this book is "dated," and I think it stands as a useful consciousness-raising exercise. Still, I found myself wondering what the authors would make of the electronic media landscape today.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 7/10/2010

    " I don't necessarily agree with other reviewers about whether this book is "dated," and I think it stands as a useful consciousness-raising exercise. Still, I found myself wondering what the authors would make of the electronic media landscape today.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 7/17/2009

    " just like most books he writes, only the first and last 2 chapters are worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 2/2/2009

    " I love Neil Postman and have read just about all of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cj | 7/17/2007

    " some valid points, but i think this dude is terrified of the world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 courtney | 4/5/2007

    " I quit reading it- definitely not to teach to 9th graders and rather outdated at this point. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Postman

Neil Postman (1931–2003) was chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at New York University and founder of its Media Ecology program. He wrote more than twenty books. His son Andrew Postman is the author of five books, and his work appears in numerous publications.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.