Out of Focus

TITLE: THE AGE OF MISSING INFORMATION

AUTHOR: BILL MCKIBBEN

PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; 261 PAGES; $20

THE BOTTOM LINE: An original and invigorating look at what TV tells us about the world, and what it leaves out.

HERE, IN THE PARLANCE OF HOLlywood, is a high-concept idea. Bill McKibben, a contributor to the New Yorker and author of The End of Nature, decided to take a look at what television tells us -- and doesn't tell us -- about the world we live in. So he set up two representative days. For one 24-hour period, he taped and watched every minute of...

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