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By John B. Arden

ISBN-10: 0275976394

ISBN-13: 9780275976392

As entertainers, organisations, or even the govt. pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of which means. This publication examines modern American awareness, contemplating the criteria that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the rate of substance and depth.Celebrity information, games, cookie-cutter colleges, and purchasing, procuring, buying. As entertainers, organizations, or even the govt. pander to the bottom universal denominator, American lifestyles turns into more and more vicarious, prefabricated, and bereft of which means. This booklet examines modern American awareness, contemplating the standards that experience pushed society towards gossip and sensationalism on the fee of substance and depth.Arden discusses the transforming into epidemic of acrimony, superficiality, consciousness deficit illness, and proceedings of ennui. He ambitions the explanations why American young children have expressed their stressed rage with lethal guns, why a president boasts that he earned Cs in collage, and why society has drifted into yearning leisure laced with violence and inexpensive thrills. The booklet is provocative interpreting for involved voters, in addition to for students and researchers concerned with modern American tradition and society.

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Children’s programming has therefore swept into television, geared for adolescent and young adult viewers. The television industry has adapted to the decrease in attention span by producing programs that train viewers with bitesize scenes and sound-bite news programs. Most programs offer a “quick fix” instead of promoting sustained attention by slowly unveiling a story with a coherent sequence of images. Consequently, the new LCD programming serves to further shorten the attention span of its viewers and exacerbate the symptoms of people with attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Though perhaps not directly a causal factor, there might be a strong correlation between excessive television viewing and a corresponding increase in the incidence of ADD. Perhaps it is no coincidence that in the mental health field we are seeing an epidemic of people wanting treatment for ADD. Various television programs have ironically provided quick and easy rationalizations for these would-be ADD sufferers. Instead of asking probing questions of the program viewers about how they have had a difficult time concentrating, talk shows such as Oprah have featured entire shows on ADD.

The first obvious answer is that these companies are owned by parent companies that are the producers of violence in media. They produce it because it sells to the LCD. Wider sales yield wider profits. These parent companies are not regulated by any agency that actually tries to ensure that ethical standards are employed. Those in government who would presumably put pressure on these companies are the recipients of campaign donations from these very companies. Using the parallel of the cigarette companies once again, we could say that campaign donations have been essentially lopsided for the Republicans.

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