Don't Watch This

Don't Watch This

How the Media Are Destroying Your Life

Michael Rosenblum


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An unfiltered look at the addictive properties of social media, TV, and movies on our culture, with strategies to help you reclaim control over your life.
Today, the average person spends an astonishing eight hours a day watching TV or videos online. Watching social media stories, movies, and TV is now our number one activity, outpacing everything else that we do, including sleep.
This habit has an incredibly powerful influence on our lives – from what we think to what we buy to whom we elect. Media are more than entertainment; they are a drug.

This media addiction wreaks havoc on our mental health, causing increased stress, depression, and anxiety, and ruining personal relationships. It also drives us deeper and deeper into debt.
 In Don’t Watch This, former TV producer and Ivy League professor Michael Rosenblum reveals the hidden psychology driving us to media addiction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices, but about learning how to use media for good.
Rosenblum reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of you. Inside, you’ll learn:

  • How to take control of the media
  • How to use your phone’s camera to spread stories worth telling
  • How having a former reality TV star in the Oval Office has changed the scope of media
  • Why posting selfies on Instagram isn’t going to change the world, and what you can post instead
 Enlightening and empowering, Don’t Watch This provides actionable, revolutionary techniques and insight to control your media addiction—helping you live the life you really want.


Michael Rosenblum:
Michael Rosenblum has spent over 30 years building and designing television stations and networks worldwide based on the concept of the video journalist (VJ), which he originated. He has founded several media companies including, The Travel Channel Academy, New York Times Television, Current TV, and, among others. He has trained more than 50,000 people to work as independent VJs and has thousands of hours of programming for cable and broadcast. His clients include the Spectrum, Verizon, United Nations, The BBC, the Guardian, the Voice of America, McGraw-Hill, and Condé Nast. He has taught at Columbia University and Oxford University.