Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

By John Leonard (Editor)

New Press, Hardcover, 9781565842267, 304pp.

Publication Date: February 1997


In "Smoke and Mirrors," John Leonard, one of the nation's leading media critics, offers a provocative challenge to conventional ideas about television. Instead of scapegoating television as the cause of crime in our streets, stupidity in our schools, and spectacle rather than substance in our government, Leonard sees something else inside the box: an echo chamber and a feedback loop, a medium neither wholly innocent of, nor entirely responsible for, the frantic disorder it brings to our homes.

Taking on topics from kid shows to cable, from the cheap thrills of action adventures to the solemn boredom of pledge drives, Leonard argues for a whole new way of thinking about television.

About the Author
JOHN LEONARD is the TV critic for New York magazine, a commentator on CBS Sunday Morning, and book critic for The Nation. He has been editor of the New York Times Book Review and literary coeditor of The Nation. John Leonard is the author of When the Kissing Had to Stop, The Last Innocent White Man, Smoke and Mirrors, and many other books.