No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior

No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior

How has television affected our everyday experience? This question has generated endless arguments and speculations, but no thinker has addressed the issue with such force and originality as Joshua Meyrowitz in No Sense of Place. Advancing a daring and sophisticated theory, Meyrowitz shows how television and other electronic media create new social situations that are no longer shaped by where we are or who is “with” us.
While other media experts have limited the debate to program content, Meyrowitz focuses on the ways in which television has rearranged “who knows what about whom,” making it impossible for us to behave with each other in traditional ways. He shows how television has lifted many of the veils of secrecy between children and adults, men and women, and politicians and average citizens. The result is a series of revolutionary changes, including the blurring of age, gender, and authority distinctions.

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  1. Derek "Derek" said,

    Wrote on December 10, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    MUST READ, if interested in the impact of electronic media!, May 5, 1997
    By A Customer
    This review is from: No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior (Paperback)

    Joshua Meyrowitz takes the reader through a fantastic and comprehensive perspective on the impact of electronic media. Beyond McLuhan, Meyrowitz challenges the reader to consider the formulative role of media, irrespective of it’s content. Meyrowitz clearly details the impact of electronic media on one’s perception of place, and the unrecognized rearrangement of social forums. This book is a MUST READ for those interested in the impact of television and computer networking technologies on contemporary social life–if understood, it will forever change your perceptions of media

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  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on December 10, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A solid framework in which to negotiate a mediated culture, February 12, 2001
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    Derek “Derek” (Los Angeles) –

    This review is from: No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior (Paperback)

    Revisiting and moving beyond his predecessors, Meyrowitz’s book provides a wonderful framework that allows the reader of any level to appreciate the role of mediated communication in shaping social spheres and orders…both historically and today.

    Written in a style that avoids the high-semantics of academia and avoids the vague poetics of McLuhan, Meyrowitz’s book is perhaps most fascinating because of the fact that it was written fifteen years ago: before the internet boom, before the merger-mania of media conglomeritization, etc. In my opinion, Meyrowitz’s ideas are still very relevant and are a true signifier of the brilliance of this text.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on December 10, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    11 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A leisury yet deep analysy of the impact of television, July 7, 1998
    By A Customer
    This review is from: No Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior (Paperback)

    To understand the impact of media, you have two choiches: you decode McLuhan and DeKerkhove (at least try), or you read this book. Meyrowitz writes from the perspective of a child and of a socioligist of media, describing how television has changed forever the way we relate to space, both public and private. With theatrical recollections of family scenes from the 60’s and cultured references to other studies Meyrowitz manages to make us look at TV and media in general as we never did before.

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