Working Over Television

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 840–841. Reviews the book, The Show and Tell Machine: How Television Works and Works You Over by Rose K. Goldsen (1977). This is a book in the great tradition of Vance Packard. A current societal trend (suburban living or elective surgery) or a growing cultural artifact (television, the automobile) is discovered and its effect on the social fiber of our country is examined. “Examined” is perhaps too evenhanded a word here; “deplored” is more in keeping with the traditional tenor of the presentation. One of the chapters of this book suggests that television in the United States “is the first undertaking in mass behavior modification by coast to coast and intercontinental electronic hookups.” This is an advocacy book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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