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Scheuer's book is a gem, a worthy companion to Mander's Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death. His taxonomy of how television mediates reality -- especially political reality -- is informed and thorough and should become the locus classicus on the subject. And his reflections on how the structure of television reality undercuts an open and organic view of society deserve a wide audience. To boot, the writing is clear, witty, evenhanded -- a good read.
JMesevage@aol.com -- New York
Jeff Scheuer's "The Sound Bite Society" reminds us that, despite all the ballyhoo about the broadband convergence of television and the Internet, quality of content is still the key to media's evolving effect on our society. By focusing attention on television news' stylistic prejudice towards foreshortened reporting techniques, and that style's support of simplistic political messages, Scheuer builds a succinct argument that the medium is eroding our Republic's democratic base of free choice. It's a scary premise, but one long needed. This is a must read for anyone who's ever questioned television's role in reshaping civilization's subconscious, or who cares about what might be done to restore, let alone maintain, a semblence of moral responsibility to our civil lives.
Paul Smart -- New York City
"Jeffrey Scheuer shows intelligent bravery in his new book, "The Sound Bite Society." He takes on the great behemoth of television that so many of us have simply taken for granted, like murder rates and rampant capitalism and its inherent evils. As such, he harkens back to a day when intellectuals still provided leadership, as evidenced in Marshall Macluhan's influential work of the 1960s. Mr. Scheuer is bound to join such heralded ranks, even if our television-saturated times will make his journey into the public consciousness more difficult."
Terrie Ross -- New York City