RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 761284075 LA English UL http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=1037006 T1 More the vanishing of scale in an over-the-top nation A1 Bishop, Ronald,, PB Baylor University Press PP Waco, Tex. YR 2011 SN 1602584451 9781602584457 AB "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 book-length treatment of media's obsession with triviality, cultural critic Ronald Bishop calls into focus the role of media in the demise of scale -- the amount of effort, intensity, and significance with which we live -- in contemporary culture. Bishop argues that American audiences are assaulted with messages that the ordinary, and often private, aspects of our lives -- family, childhood, parenting, education, food, sports, home improvement -- must be showcased publicly and with extreme passion."--Publisher's description.