Can't Take My Eyes Off of You: One Man, Seven Days, Twelve



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  1. Mediaman Mediaman says:

    This disappointing book fails to follow through on a great premise the author watches 12 TV sets at a time for a week Instead of it being an insightful window into society or pop culture, it s merely a cynical look at what America watches and doesn t even do it honestly.The author claims that he is going to watch 12 channels at a time and has 12 sets installed in his house However, in truth what he does is watch ONE channel while the other 11 are muted He claims that he set up a grid ahead This disappointing book fails to follow through on a great premise the author watches 12 TV sets at a time for a week Instead of it being an insightful window into society or pop culture, it s merely a cynical look at what America watches and doesn t even do it honestly.The author claims that he is going to watch 12 channels at a time and has 12 sets installed in his house However, in truth what he does is watch ONE channel while the other 11 are muted He claims that he set up a grid ahead of time of what channels to flip around to and watch However, he quickly gets rid of the grid and doesn t switch channels when he is supposed to He claims to have a TV background but in truth he has never work in American commercial television he is a movie guy who worked briefly at HBO He also says he is doing journalism yet this isn t even remotely objective, tossing in his opinion about virtually every show on the air.The main problem is how the book is written He picks the start of the fall 1999 TV season, which is not a normal time of year to be watching regular shows it s filled with premieres and special programming He does a few paragraphs about each show he watches and uses it as an opportunity to promote series that match his background New York, liberal, Jewish, childless but takes his dog to a doggie birthday party and to slam anything that is conservative or Midwestern He thinks anything on PBS is great, seems to like cartoons and cartoonish live action shows, loves HBO wonder why , and overpraises people like Rosie O Donnell The only thing this book really proves is the bias that comes from New York Jewish liberals when observing TV he is completely subjective, out of touch with the rest of America, and reflects the way many network executives think, most of which were raised in a similar cultural bubble.The book is actually pretty worthless as anything other than a record of what kind of shows were on the air in September of 1999 What could have been a grand objective analytical content analysis of the medium is just a cynic s look at shows most of America likes Then in the final chapter his only conclusion is that most of TV is crap and filled with pervasive cynicism Just like this book


  2. Ensiform Ensiform says:

    In the tradition of a 1960s experiment by Charles Sopkin and his ensuing book , the author watches twelve televisions for a week He wants to take a look at our culture today, to see if he ll go insane in the process, and of course, to write a book about a rather odd feat Since there is so much on TV these days, as Lechner points out, his book is almost entirely channel surfing He watches only a few shows in their entirety, overwhelmed by what he calls the over over stimulation of it all.He s In the tradition of a 1960s experiment by Charles Sopkin and his ensuing book , the author watches twelve televisions for a week He wants to take a look at our culture today, to see if he ll go insane in the process, and of course, to write a book about a rather odd feat Since there is so much on TV these days, as Lechner points out, his book is almost entirely channel surfing He watches only a few shows in their entirety, overwhelmed by what he calls the over over stimulation of it all.He s a very funny writer, and what saves the book which really contains only enough information for a long essay is the human interaction with his friends and family His conclusions about TV are what one might expect for an educated writer, even one in the entertainment industry TV is mostly about people on TV and the stories behind TV shows and self reference 90% of TV is crap, but so is 90% of everything envelope pushing, lowest common denominator stuff like Springer and the WWF have a clamp on modern culture TV is a land of absurdity this is a long commercial for a product that will encourage people to avoid watching commercials We are truly down the rabbit hole now there is a pervasive cynicism about TV TV uses many tricks to keep you hooked watching TV for a week is exhausting A fun, quick, smart read an interesting time capsule of turn of the millennium popular culture


  3. Todd Stockslager Todd Stockslager says:

    Worth my time and the quarter it cost at the Readers Corner in Asheville, SC as the concert poster for the Dylan concert we were there to see misidentified it Silly account of Lechner, who has career ties to movies and TV, setting up 12 televisions in his apartment for a week and basically watching TV every waking hour.Less than a decade later, many of his references are already laughably dated, but others are current TiVo was a new thing, but it hasn t really beenthan seven years sin Worth my time and the quarter it cost at the Readers Corner in Asheville, SC as the concert poster for the Dylan concert we were there to see misidentified it Silly account of Lechner, who has career ties to movies and TV, setting up 12 televisions in his apartment for a week and basically watching TV every waking hour.Less than a decade later, many of his references are already laughably dated, but others are current TiVo was a new thing, but it hasn t really beenthan seven years since Seinfeld ended, has it Must be, because he talks about the final episode.While I thought at the beginning that one might be able to simulate Lechner s journey with one TV and aggressive remote surfing through the cable channel guide, I hadn t considered the sheer visual and audible cacophony and the unintended consequence of remote confusion all 12 TVs were the same brand, so remotes could control multiple TVs, but not necessarily the one Lechner expected or hoped it would


  4. Kerissa Kerissa says:

    200 over pages of narrating what the author watched on tv So disappointing after the promising introduction.


  5. Chris Belleisle Chris Belleisle says:

    I really can t say I remember much about this book, except that it grew a bit tiresome after a while.


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Can't Take My Eyes Off of You: One Man, Seven Days, Twelve Televisions ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Can't Take My Eyes Off of You: One Man, Seven Days, Twelve Televisions Author Jack Lechner – Thomashillier.co.uk Man on Upper West Side Attempts Foolhardy Stunt Read All About It In the tradition of Charles Sopkin s classic book on the state of television in the s, Seven Glorious Days, Seven Fun Filled Nights, J Man on Upper West Side Attempts My Eyes Kindle Ö Foolhardy Stunt read All About It In the Can't Take PDF/EPUB or tradition of Charles Sopkin s classic book on the state of television in the s, Take My Eyes Epub Ù Seven Glorious Days, Seven Fun Filled Nights, Jack Lechner recounts what it was like to lock himself in his apartment for a week and plug in to the new multichannel universe, watching twelve TVs for sixteen hours a day The obvious question is Why In the thirty three years since Sopkin s famous experiment, the quaint world of three networks and a handful of independent stations has morphed into a surfable, endless wave of infomercials and infotainment, AE and MTV, occasional brilliance like The Simpsons and The Sopranos, and a vaster than ever wasteland of Jerry Springer, wrestling, soap operas, and other mind numbing fodder The world and television have changed a lot since , and a week of television immersion at the turn of the century proves to be equally revealing about the state of American popular culture nowWith his pet pug Cosmo s unflinching emotional support, his wife Sam s tenuous forbearance, and advice from experts who drop by a five year old for the scoop on Pok mon, for instance , Jack Lechner plops himself down in his New York apartment and, in brave human guinea pig tradition, lets everything from Meet the Press to Xena Warrior Princess, from beach volleyball to Bob Dole s erectile dysfunction, have its way with his impressionable psyche As the week progresses, he explores the limits of the media universe watching all three network news shows simultaneously, diving into the bizarre waters of public access programming, and even conducting a playoff between the Disney Channel and the Playboy Channel His observations are perceptive, surprising, and dead on By week s end, Lechner emerges bloody but unbowed, thankful he survived I was like the proverbial guy who banged himself over the head repeatedly with a hammer because it felt so good when he stopped Watching a week of television isn t a mental health regimen I d recommend to everyone, but it worked for me This book is his lab report hilarious and a little bit scary, a trenchant comment on our media soaked society.