“Relax and enjoy these disasters”: news media consumption and family life in Don DeLillo’s White Noise

  title={“Relax and enjoy these disasters”: news media consumption and family life in Don DeLillo’s White Noise},
  author={Adina Baya},
  • Adina Baya
  • Published 1 June 2014
  • Sociology
  • Neohelicon
This essay constitutes an analytical exploration of the contemporary media-saturated environment and, concomitantly, the television’s palpable effects upon everyday (and family) life—issues manifest throughout Don DeLillo’s fiction and, more specifically, in what has been deemed his “breakout book”: White Noise. Significant theories vis-à-vis the consequences of media and the data gathered and interpreted by media reception ethnographers (e.g., David Morley, Jean Baudrillard) are brought to… Expand


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