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The Mediate Mind was not really my type of book Although I enjoyed the subjects covered, I found that the way the facts were told was boring like an encyclopedia when just read straight through I would have liked the book to be less academic andlifestyle in writing.I couldn t give this bookthan two stars as it didn t hold my attention and I had a hard time wanting to finish it although i did. The Mediated Mind by Susan Zieger is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late April.I had come in thinking that this book was about alternatives to incarceration, but, no, it s about the consumption and production of media and advertisements like books, collectible cigarette cards, sobriety medals, and Rorschach ink blots at a heightened rate during the 19th century It s fairly interesting and even fun, but it s also extensively and exhaustible sourced I learned about the hypocrisy of col The Mediated Mind by Susan Zieger is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late April.I had come in thinking that this book was about alternatives to incarceration, but, no, it s about the consumption and production of media and advertisements like books, collectible cigarette cards, sobriety medals, and Rorschach ink blots at a heightened rate during the 19th century It s fairly interesting and even fun, but it s also extensively and exhaustible sourced I learned about the hypocrisy of collecting sobriety items if temperance and public oration is a reward within itself the musing, pondersome, solitary activity of smoking and cigarette cards being designed with literary authors and caricatures, thereby linking on an existing cultural addiction of reading An interesting subject for a well written books full of interesting facts and information It is a very good book if you don t know a lot about the subject.Entertaing and informational.Many thanks to Netgalley and Fordham University Press 302.232 Z661 2018 Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader The Mediated Mind is an academic treatise on the interrelationships between media and society and how it affects and drives consumerism The book specifically deals with the impact of printed media and ephemera cheap printed media such as magazines, cigarette cards, etc from the 19th century onward and postulates a direct link between the early mass print market and today.Two details going into the review My grandfather was a Polish Jew wh Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader The Mediated Mind is an academic treatise on the interrelationships between media and society and how it affects and drives consumerism The book specifically deals with the impact of printed media and ephemera cheap printed media such as magazines, cigarette cards, etc from the 19th century onward and postulates a direct link between the early mass print market and today.Two details going into the review My grandfather was a Polish Jew who came to the USA without prior working knowledge of English He learnt English by reading comic books, and inculcated the same love of comic books in my father I am, thus, a third generation comic book and general ephemera nerd I am also a keen fan of sociology and the impact of media I am especially interested in how control and spin in the media relates to resistance or passivity in our society.I remember asking my grandfather over and over and over how the holocaust could possibly have happened His answer was that nobody knew what was going on, and that demanding to know was very dangerous The control of information was critical to controlling the population Anyhow, the point is that this book examines the direct line between printed media and society and extrapolates to our current day daily media overload and how it affects our own collective psyche.This book was emphatically not an easy read The author s expository prose is very academic and the text is written formally with exhaustive citations and cross references The author follows a fairly rigid formula In the introduction, tell the reader what you re going to tell them, use the body of the exposition to tell them indetail, and in the conclusion, tell them what you told them.The introduction takes up roughly 10% of the page content and discusses what is covered in the book The body of the book 80% deals with temperance ephemera and tracts, tobacco and cigarette cards and the driving of addiction to collecting and acquisition, our subconscious Rorschach blots among other things , along with mass culture.The final chapter draws interesting comparisons between the 19th century everyman and our modern western everyman still largely ignorant, crass, willfully uneducated, politically repugnant and or naive.The conclusion is followed by a whopper of a footnote reference section with citations.I ve mentioned a couple of times that this book is a very dry academic read I read every word and I m still not 100% convinced it s not an elaborate joke on the pretentiousness of academia I found it worthwhile, but I would definitely recommend it only readers who are especially interested.Five stars, but only for readers who are especially invested in the material Extra points for being an original treatise on a subject which doesn t have a lot of academic representation.Stats 256 pages, e Textbook, Hardback, softboundAuthor Susan Zieger, PhDPublisher Fordham University PressAvailable 5th June, 2018Disclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the author publisher for review purposes ^FREE PDF ☔ The Mediated Mind: Affect, Ephemera, and Consumerism in the Nineteenth Century ⇞ How did we arrive at our contemporary consumer media economy Why are we now fixated on screens, imbibing information that constantly expires, and longing for direct or authentic kinds of experience The Mediated Mind answers these questions by revisiting a previous media revolution, the nineteenth century explosion of mass print Like our own smartphone screens, printed paper and imprinted objects touched the most intimate regions of nineteenth century life The rise of this printed ephemera, and its new information economy, generated modern consumer experiences such as voracious collecting and curating, fantasies of disembodied mental travel, and information addiction Susan Zieger demonstrates how the nineteenth century established affective, psychological, social, and cultural habits of media consumption that we still experience, even as pixels supersede paper Revealing the history of our own moment, The Mediated Mind challenges the commonplace assumption that our own new media lack a past, or that our own experiences are unprecedented