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The Great Brain Suck: And Other American Epiphanies

Eugene Halton


More and more information is pumped into our media-saturated world every day, yet Americans seem to know less and less. In a society where who you are is defined by what you buy, and where we prefer to experience reality by watching it on TV, the book argues that something has clearly gone wrong. The initial diagnosis is bleak: fast food and too much time spent sitting, whether in our cars or on our couches, are ruining our bodies, while our minds are weakened by the proliferation of electronic devices—TVs, computers, cell phones, iPods, video games—and their alienating effects. If we are losi ... More

Keywords: reality, fast food, sitting, electronic devices, autonomy, automation, self-sufficiency, American culture, Wharton Esherick, Muddy Waters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226314655
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226314679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugene Halton, author