glover - EMF 461 The arguments that Mander present seem way...

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EMF 461 The arguments that Mander present seem way before their time. I found myself looking for the copyright date after reading the introduction. It is a little shocking that a book written thirty years ago can still be this relevant today. While the ideas presented were not new to me, they were well supported and intriguing. What first came to mind was the animated short piece that we watched last week with Anne Leonard. In Mander’s second argument for the elimination of television, he outlines that since World War II our society has been programmed to consume. His thoughts run parallel with the entire message behind “The Story of Stuff.” Mander writes that because our society was geared up for production during the war, it had to find an outlet to continue to consume beyond the war. The need to create need was put into place. Mander talks about the smiling housewives and husbands in the classic commercials as being ideal consumers. Because television was a media that was simultaneously reaching thousands of homes, those thousands of households starting
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course EMF 461 taught by Professor Glover during the Spring '08 term at Towson.

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