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The Age of Missing Information (Plume) (udgave 1993)

af Bill McKibben

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“Highly personal and original . . . McKibben goes beyond Marshall McLuhan’s theory that the medium is the message.” ——The New York Times Imagine watching an entire day’s worth of television on every single channel. Acclaimed environmental writer and culture critic Bill McKibben subjected himself to this sensory overload in an experiment to verify whether we are truly better informed than previous generations. Bombarded with newscasts and fluff pieces, game shows and talk shows, ads and infomercials, televangelist pleas and Brady Bunch episodes, McKibben processed twenty-four hours of programming on all ninety-three Fairfax, Virginia, cable stations. Then, as a counterpoint, he spent a day atop a quiet and remote mountain in the Adirondacks, exploring the unmediated man and making small yet vital discoveries about himself and the world around him. As relevant now as it was when originally written in 1992–and with new material from the author on the impact of the Internet age–this witty and astute book is certain to change the way you look at television and perceive media as a whole. “By turns humorous, wise, and troubling . . . a penetrating critique of technological society.”–Cleveland Plain Dealer “Masterful . . . a unique, bizarre portrait of our life and times.” –Los Angeles Times “Do yourself a favor: Put down the remote and pick up this book.” –Houston Chronicle From the Trade Paperback edition.… (mere)
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Titel:The Age of Missing Information (Plume)
Forfattere:Bill McKibben
Info:Plume (1993), Paperback, 272 pages
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The author decides to watch a full day of television, and spend a full day in the woods, then contrast the two days and figure out which generates more (and more useful) information. For those familiar with this author, it shouldn't be difficult to figure out the results. As usual, he writes in a witty, compelling style. ( )
  Devil_llama | Apr 30, 2011 |
A fascinating book which holds up over time, despite being very much of the 1980s. McKibben contrasts a full day's programming on the a then-cutting-edge 100-channel cable tv system to the lessons of nature. He learns, not surprisingly, that television leaves out a lot of information (as he amusingly recounts the things he saw on tv, and what he saw and experienced on a hike).

One particularly interesting thought: he talks about how there had been no transformative technologies in his lifetime. Well, the Internet is here now. And it has only accelerated most of the trends he talked about. ( )
  teaperson | Mar 31, 2009 |
A bit meandering and really not the greatest writing overall, but if you stick with it, McKibben does offer a pretty good point (or two or three). The new afterward provides a glimpse into the author's views of how the Internet resembles television in terms of his arguments from the book. A flushed-out treatise on this subject would be welcomed and interesting. ( )
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We believe that we live in the age of information, that there has been an information explosion, an information revolution. While in a certain narrow sense this is the case, in many important ways just the opposite is true. We also live at a moment of deep ignorance, when vital knowledge that humans have always possessed about who we are and where we live seems beyond our reach. An Unenlightenment. An age of missing information.
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“Highly personal and original . . . McKibben goes beyond Marshall McLuhan’s theory that the medium is the message.” ——The New York Times Imagine watching an entire day’s worth of television on every single channel. Acclaimed environmental writer and culture critic Bill McKibben subjected himself to this sensory overload in an experiment to verify whether we are truly better informed than previous generations. Bombarded with newscasts and fluff pieces, game shows and talk shows, ads and infomercials, televangelist pleas and Brady Bunch episodes, McKibben processed twenty-four hours of programming on all ninety-three Fairfax, Virginia, cable stations. Then, as a counterpoint, he spent a day atop a quiet and remote mountain in the Adirondacks, exploring the unmediated man and making small yet vital discoveries about himself and the world around him. As relevant now as it was when originally written in 1992–and with new material from the author on the impact of the Internet age–this witty and astute book is certain to change the way you look at television and perceive media as a whole. “By turns humorous, wise, and troubling . . . a penetrating critique of technological society.”–Cleveland Plain Dealer “Masterful . . . a unique, bizarre portrait of our life and times.” –Los Angeles Times “Do yourself a favor: Put down the remote and pick up this book.” –Houston Chronicle From the Trade Paperback edition.

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