Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality

Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality

Neal Gabler

"A considerate, in areas chilling, account of ways leisure values have hollowed out American life." --The long island instances e-book Review

From one in every of America's most unique cultural critics and the writer of Winchell, the tale of ways our bottomless urge for food for novelty, gossip, glamour, and melodrama has grew to become every thing of importance-from information and politics to faith and excessive culture-into one significant public entertainment.

Neal Gabler calls them "lifies," these blockbusters written within the medium of existence that dominate the media and the nationwide dialog for weeks, months, even years: the dying of Princess Diana, the trial of O.J. Simpson, Kenneth Starr vs. William Jefferson Clinton.  Real lifestyles as leisure is hardly ever a brand new phenomenon, however the video clips, and now the hot details applied sciences, have so sped up it that it's now the reigning well known artwork form.  How this got here to move, and simply what it capability for our tradition and our own lives, is the topic of this witty, involved, and infrequently eye-opening publication.

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