Re: Media and Violence

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Date: Fri Apr 19 2002 - 15:14:08 BST

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    >Subject: Media and Violence
    >Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 21:53:53 +0100
    >Hi All,
    >This just dropped in my inbox.
    >The link goes to some interesting question, which I have not followed
    >through to the end yet.
    >It's an email 'dialogue' between James Fallows of Atlantic Monthly and Todd
    >Gitlin, a professor of culture, journalism, and sociology at New York
    >University. Fallows and Gitlin are discussing the latter's new book - Media
    >'I've thought about the argument of your book often in the past week, and
    >not just because I knew I'd have a chance to ask you questions about it.
    >heart of your message, or so it seems to me, is that we don't spend enough
    >time thinking about how awash we are in artificial stimuli of all sorts. '
    >This is a stimulating exchange.
    This is another article that jangled a few of my bells. I haven't read the
    book in question, but I do think that the constant clamor and competition
    for our attention gets in the way of single-minded pursuit of anything. We
    no longer have the luxury of being able to narrow our focus to a single task
    at hand and give it our full attention. I don't know what that is doing to
    us, but I do feel it's causing changes in the way we view the world and
    interact with it. What I don't know is if it's for better or for worse. I
    may have to get me to a monastary to check it out.


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