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Author: Ronald Bishop
Publisher: Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, ©2011
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"Gone are the days of enjoying life's simple pleasures for pleasure's sake. Twenty-first-century Americans are on a mission to cram every second of their earthly existence with significant accomplishments and momentous events. Even the most mundane undertaking must be approached with zeal, gusto, and expertise, or so the media persuade us to believe. Are we capable of doing anything casually anymore? This first  Read more...
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Bishop, Ronald, 1961-
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Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, c2011
(DLC) 2010052530
(OCoLC)694238162
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Bishop
OCLC Number: 761284075
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 286 p.)
Contents: Go forth and multiply --
Is breast best? --
Is zero tolerance tolerable? --
Only experts and fanatics need apply --
My drug of choice --
The tyranny of talking points --
Does Anthony Bourdain hate Rachel Ray? --
The museum of me.
Responsibility: Ronald Bishop.

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A treatment of media's obsession with triviality. It argues that American audiences are assaulted with messages that the ordinary, and often private, aspects of our lives - family, childhood,  Read more...

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