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Coping with Media Overload

Hour 2: Can the ubiquity of all-the-time, everywhere media coverage be avoided and how can we regain control of our media diet? We’ll talk this hour with Emerson College Professor of Visual and Media Arts, Thomas Cooper. His latest book is “Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload” (Gaeta Press, 2011).

  • Anonymous

    Remember the Edward Murrow quote: This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful.

    Stonewall Jackson, who knew something about the use of weapons, is reported to have said, “When war comes, you must draw the sword and throw away the scabbard.” The trouble with television is that it is rusting in the scabbard during a battle for survival.

    TV can be educational, if we focus on what programs we watch.  Social media does very little for learning.

  • Chris

    I’m listening to this show over the internet while in Paris.  So media is actually keeping me in touch with the familiarity of home while traveling.

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