Academic journal article et Cetera

Searching for UnMediated Truth

Academic journal article et Cetera

Searching for UnMediated Truth

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Gregg Hoffmann. Searching for UnMediated Truth. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2005.

Judging by its title, one might mistake Searching for UnMediated Truth for a philosophical dissertation or a spiritual memoir.

Instead, the reader will discover a brief, fast-moving novel that makes important points about our over-mediated lives. As a "bonus," the narrative is enlivened by several explicit sexual episodes. Not gratuitous, these scenes reveal important aspects of the protagonist's value system.

Chicago print journalist Garrett Hartmann has arrived at a turning point in his life. His marriage ended, he engages in passionate but shallow "love" affairs. Also, he has lost self-respect, seeing his profession debased as it competes with electronic news media which are almost wholly driven by commercial demands. Wishing to break out of his "same-old, same-old" rut, Hartmann believes his salvation lies in escaping the modern world's "over-mediation." After a return to his ex-wife's hometown, he realizes that he has no future with her and as he casts about for a way to break out of his unhappiness, he recalls a lecture he attended concerning the Tasmanian tiger. Accordingly, the novel's final scenes depict Hartmann moving through the Tasmanian rain forest, accompanied by Aborigines, in pursuit of a tiger-like creature considered extinct by biologists. …

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