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Author Dick Meyer has a long list of gripes about modern American culture - not the least of which is the pervasive presence of the media.
This is a bit surprising, because Meyer has made his career as part of the media. He's now editorial director of digital media at NPR. He's been a longtime columnist and reporter for CBS News. His new book is "Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millenium." It takes on a culture that Meyer sees as increasingly coarse - from the individual (the guy talking too loud on the cell phone) to the corporate, to the political.
We talk to Meyer about his big target in the book, what he calls "OmniMedia...the penetration of media into every part of our lives."
Later, we'll bring on two "media ecologists" to further explore this idea and we'd like you to join the conversation. Do you think the increase in access to technology makes your life better or worse?
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