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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


The Assault on Reason: Our Information Ecosystem, from the Age of Print to the Age of Trump

Al Gore




Mr. Gore is bashing television. Basically saying it's better at evoking a fear response than writing, that it's a media with gatekeepers that prevent some messages from being heard, and a broadcast format that prevents conversation -- except perhaps with partners and friends at commercial breaks.

I guess I'm a millenial. I've never owned a television. Of course, I watch videos, but it's all on the computer. Now, there are still algorthmic gatekeepers involved in the internet, and I'm a bit skeptical that books are that much worse at making people feel strong emotions.