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Todd Gitlin tried to write books and articles about happy-talk news, corporate mergers, celebrity culture and other aspects of a world saturated with media until he realized he was missing the forest for the trees. The result is a new book, Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives. Gitlin is a professor of culture, journalism and sociology at New York University. The modern-day Marshall McLuhan shares his thoughts on coping with all those media, which we might not want to live with, but just can-t seem to live without.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

National Geographic

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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