A nation of couch potatoes

I finally got around to reading the May 28 issue of Time magazine, which focused on the likelihood of Al Gore running for president...

I finally got around to reading the May 28 issue of Time magazine, which focused on the likelihood of Al Gore running for president again (long story short, he says he's not).

The feature well also includes an excerpt from Gore's new book The Assault on Reason. An interesting point he makes:
Radio, the Internet, movies, cell phones, iPods, computers, instant messaging, video games, and personal digital assistants all now vie for our attention--but it's television that still dominates the flow of information. According to an authoritative global study, Americans now watch television an average of 4 hours and 35 minutes every day--90 minutes more than the world average...

In the world of television, the massive flows of information are largely in only one direction, which makes it virtually impossible for individuals to take part in what passes for a national conversation. Individuals receive, but they cannot send.

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