Here is the world we think we know presented to us as if for the very first time. From oral sex in the Oval Office to cowboy politics, from Homer Simpson to O. J. Simpson, from Princess Diana's funeral to the aftermath of September 11, from reality TV to hip-hop nation, "Mediated" takes us on a provocative tour of our media-drunk society. It is a brilliantly satirical treatise on our culture - the real and unreal times in which we live, the cult of celebrity and our own narcissistic response to it. Read this book and nothing that you see or hear can any longer be taken for granted.
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Thomas de Zengotita is a contributing editor at Harper's and the Nation, and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University, New York. He teaches at the Dalton School and at the Draper Graduate Program at NYU.Review:
'Witty and pungent ... if you want to think afresh about who you are and how you came to believe what you believe, start here' Observer 'There are anywhere from three to ten stimulating ideas on every page' Norman Mailer 'Mediated is a rare thing, a mass-market treatment of a complex subject that does more than simply popularise and instead teaches us something new ... De Zengotita's playful book refreshes the parts that the austere disciples of media studies cannot reach, those parts that tell us what the media really does to our sense of self' Financial Times 'A dazzling array of provocative social theories pinned around the idea that the media now permeates every strand of our experience' The Times
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