Tuesday, June 10, 2003
I finished a couple of books this week:
My mom gave me The Character of Cats by Stephen Budiansky. It was a fast survey of the "origins, intelligence, behavior, and stratagems" of cats. It was fun to hear about the antics of cats and to understand some of our pets' behaviors.
And when we were in Berkeley last, I saw this book and decided to order it from Amazon. Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television was written in the 70's by Jerry Mander. I'm not sure I believe all of the physical effects that the light may cause but I think I've always been skeptical of TV (especially the news.) I don't think TV business is trying to make us slaves to capitalism but I think the book strongly argues the point that TV is best at selling objects, not emotions or complex concepts. I definitely am more conscious of the time I watch TV now and how the TV is manipulating me. The book was just reprinted so I hope more people will find it; but I hope the arguments don't get applied to video games -- even though many of the points are just as valid.