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"I buy therefore I am," has become the modern day, American axiom. Many of us have come to believe that acquisition and ownership will guarantee us a better place on the societal ladder, and this belief has become tightly woven into the fabric of our national consciousness. How did this happen? Is there a relationship between our rampant materialism and the amount of television we watch? How can we protect ourselves from media seduction? In this candid dialogue, Solomon, nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics and founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, speaks eloquently about the seductive power of the media and how it shapes our understanding of the world, and our response to critical world events. "At its best, television invokes compassion and the common humanity we all share. At its worst, it is a vehicle for policy driven propaganda, which tells us that the font of wisdom is located in Washington, D.C., and the best way to respond is to defer to those that know best." He urges the American public to always be willing to ask the deeper questions and to be more skeptical in a constructive way. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Norman Solomon is the author of several books including:
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