Mediated by Thomas de Zengotita
How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It

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In this utterly original look at our modern "culture of performance," de Zengotita shows how media are creating self-reflective environments, custom made for each of us. From Princess Diana's funeral to the prospect of mass terror, from oral sex in the Oval Office to cowboy politics in distant lands, from high school cliques to marital therapy, from blogs to reality TV to the Weather Channel, Mediated takes us on an original and astonishing tour of every department of our media-saturated society. The implications are personal and far-reaching at the same time.
Thomas de Zengotita is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. He teaches at the Dalton School and at the Draper Graduate Program at New York University.
"Reading Thomas de Zengotita's Mediated is like spending time with a wild, wired friend-the kind who keeps you up late and lures you outside of your comfort zone with a speed rap full of brilliant notions."-O magazine
"A fine roar of a lecture about how the American mind is shaped by (too much) media...."-Washington Post
"Deceptively colloquial, intellectually dense...This provocative, extreme and compelling work is a must-read for philosophers of every stripe."-Publishers Weekly
 

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Thomas de Zengotita is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. He teaches at the Dalton School and at the Draper Graduate Program at New York University.
 
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 306 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Maybe a few objects are just what they are, he says, using paper clips and pencils as examples, purchased and used not because of what they say about a life, but because of their unadorned functionality.

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Mediated: How the Media Shape the World Around You by Thomas de Zengotita Bloomsbury, £8.99 The age of Romanticism, where 'awesome!' meant something that wasn't an 'awful' conglomerate of vernacular nothingness, or a mountain of fine French fries, is over.

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Mediated: The Hidden Effects of the Media on You and Your World Thomas de Zengotita Bloomsbury £10.99, pp291 At first sight, the latest media studies thesis in town isn't exactly cutting-edge.

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For example, few theorists could pull off the following analysis of the word “like” as spoken by adolescent girls nearly as well as de Zengotita does: Each “like” is followed by a fleeting pose, held for just an instant—the whole performance is a string of “takes”—and the ends of key phrases cur...

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