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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (235 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:
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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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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    " I quit reading it- definitely not to teach to 9th graders and rather outdated at this point.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 by 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 by 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 by 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    " Although this book is really outdated (the internet was never mentioned) it brings up some really good points about TV news that I never considered; and I studied this stuff in college.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. "

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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.