Todd Gitlin

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CRITICISM

Bush, Lawrence. Review of The Whole World Is Watching, by Todd Gitlin. Science and Society 46, no. 1 (spring 1982): 100-03.

Considers Gitlin's analysis of the complex relationship between the media and politics as a cautionary tale for future political activists.

Formisano, Ronald P. “The End of Racism? No End to the Culture Wars.” Journal of American Ethnic History 16, no. 3 (spring 1997): 110-21.

Review of five recent books focusing on the culture wars, offering high praise for Gitlin's The Twilight of Common Dreams.

Heller, Henry. “The Sixties in Books.” Canadian Dimension 22, no. 8 (November-December 1988): 18-21.

Review of five histories of the 1960s, including Gitlin's The Sixties, which is judged as omitting several key elements but still offering a “reliable account” of several of the decade's social movements.

Hunt, Charles W. “The Old Left, the New Left, and the Uses of History.” Monthly Review 41, no. 4 (September 1989): 58-61.

Review of Gitlin's The Sixties and James Miller's Democracy Is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago; finding that Gitlin's version of events, while comprehensive, is more pessimistic.

Isserman, Maurice. “The Not-So-Dark and Bloody Ground: New Works on the 1960s.” American Historical Review 94, no. 4 (October 1989): 990-1010.

Comparative review of five historical accounts of political dissent during the 1960s, including Gitlin's The Sixties.

Katz, Elihu. Review of Inside Prime Time, by Todd Gitlin. American Journal of Sociology 90, no. 6 (May 1985): 1371-74.

Analyzes Gitlin's arguments on the television industry, claiming that the case studies and his description of the process whereby scripts become television programs are the two strongest features of the book.

Kaufmann, James. “Between Soft Covers.” Christian Science Monitor 77, no. 68 (1 March 1985): B8.

Considers Inside Prime Time a “straight-forward and thoughtful” account of the television industry's inner workings.

Molotch, Harvey L. Review of The Whole World Is Watching, by Todd Gitlin. Contemporary Sociology 11, no. 2 (March 1982): 200-201.

Praises Gitlin's analysis of how the media interacts with other social and political institutions.

Postman, Neil. “Watching vs. Reading: A Debate.” Los Angeles Times Book Review (22 March 1987): 1.

Comparative review of Gitlin's Watching Television and Reading the News by Robert Karl Manoff and Michael Schudson.

Roefs, Wim. “The American Dream Ended?” Political Quarterly 68, no. 2 (April-June 1997): 196-200.

Review of four accounts of the demise of the American dream, among them Gitlin's The Twilight of Common Dreams.

Scheuer, Jeffrey. “Information Overflow.” Los Angeles Times Book Review (3 March 2002): 4.

Contends that Media Unlimited offers a good overview of the issue of media saturation.

Short, James F., Jr. Review of The Twilight of Common Dreams, by Todd Gitlin. Contemporary Sociology 25, no. 6 (November 1996): 725-27.

Calls The Twilight of Common Dreams “a breath of fresh air” within the contemporary discourse on multiculturalism.

Additional coverage of Gitlin's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 29-32R; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 25, 50, 88; and Literature Resource Center.

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