Age of Missing Information
- Publisher The author of The End of Nature asks an intriguing question: Which provides more "information", 103 cable channels showering us with beguiling factoids--or a weekend in the woods? McKibben's work will forever alter our view of TV and the world.
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About "Age of Missing Information"
"Do yourself a favor: put down the remote and pick up this book."-The Houston Chronicle. After watching the entire one-day output of the Fairfax, Virginia cable TV system, McKibben contrasts the disconnected and denatured information he obtained with the things he learned on a subsequent hiking trip in the Adirondacks.
The author of The End of Nature asks an intriguing question: Which provides more "information", 103 cable channels showering us with beguiling factoids--or a weekend in the woods? McKibben's work will forever alter our view of TV and the world.
Meet the Author
Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030