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On a related note (it is Dickens’ birthday today) » Are we too stupid to read Dickens?

We’re familiar with the argument: the modern age is bankrupting our attention spans, we are all technology-addled morons clicking semi-consciously between browser screens, unable to complete the simplest of tasks: mesmerised, drooling, catatonic simpletons…

The answer is NO, of course, so says David Foster Wallace…

[click the link to find out exactly what DFW has to say]

via “Are we too stupid to read Dickens?” Melville House Books

November’s Book Display

NBC microphone“Only the Shadow Knows”

Come join us as we explore the History of Radio and celebrate such “Firsts” as the FIRST play-by-play football game (Nov. 23, 1919), the FIRST scheduled radio broadcast (Nov. 2, 1920) when station KDKA broadcasted the results of the presidential election. Did you know that the famous TV show “Meet the Press” originally debuted on radio in 1945?

Ah, “Thanks for the Memories”

Web site of the Week: Fact Check

http://www.factcheck.org/

Should you believe the claims made that the H1N1 vaccine is dangerous or even deadly?  What about the recent ad that claimed that Medicare will be bankrupt within a decade?  Factcheck.org is the place to go to check the accuracy of either of these statements.

From Fact Check’s Mission Statement:
“We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

Television Shows Poll

Join us this semester as we take a look back at the history of television. Get involved by voting for the oldest television program you remember watching.

What is the oldest television program you remember watching?

  • Leave it to Beaver (1957 - 1963) (33%, 33 Votes)
  • I Dream of Jeanie (1965-1970) (23%, 23 Votes)
  • Home Improvement (1991 to 1998) (23%, 23 Votes)
  • Alf (1986 - 1990) (15%, 15 Votes)
  • Welcome Back Kotter (1974-1979) (5%, 5 Votes)
  • The Texico Star Theatre w/ Milton Burle (1948-1953) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • St. Elsewhere (1982-1988) (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 100

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Also, feel free to list your favorites not in our poll in the comments section!