E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction - David Foster Wallace

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If we want to know what American normality is - what Americans want to regard as normal - we can trust television. For television's whole raison is reflecting what people want to see. It's a mirror.

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dvorakdan 6 years, 3 months ago
Hmm, I found this quote in a couple places with "raison" in it. I can't say for sure if this is some accepted form of "raison d'etre" or not, but why would the author not just say purpose, or reason for being if he meant that. And really I don't think that is really accurate anyway. I might say For television's main goal is reflecting (or showing)... or For television works best when it is reflecting.... Either one would be more accurate.

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