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Inside the "Mediated" Culture24:43
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photoThese days, from blogs and iPods to memoirs and self-help books, the individual is placed at the center of the America's media-saturated culture in all its shapes and forms.

In his new book, "Mediated," Thomas de Zengotita writes that today's American culture, which reaffirms and even flatters the individual, is nothing but a Culture of Me. The result? We have become a new breed of self-asbsorbed narcissists who look more like full-time actors than regular humans.

Tune in to hear more about how America's mediated culture is defining and shaping our psyches and souls.

Guests:

Thomas de Zengotita, contributing editor of Harper's Magazine and author of "Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It";

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on March 14, 2005.

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