Don Delillo's " White Noise" Book Review by The Research Group

Don Delillo's " White Noise"
Critical review of novel critiquing materialist U.S. culture. Includes criticism of consumerism, dehumanization, technology, education, politics and media.
# 13286 | 2,700 words | 1 source | 1999 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Literature (American) , Sociology (Theory)

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"In his comic novel White Noise, Don DeLillo critiques the superficial, materialistic, and bewildering culture of the United States in the late twentieth century. Although in some moments the author seems to be suggesting an element of humanity worth respect and/or salvation, in general DeLillo presents a human race utterly lost in a world full of madness, rage, confusion, and, especially, the things of modern consumerism. Prevailing over and under all of this is the "white noise" of the title, what amounts to a stew of sensory input which leaves the individual hypnotized and utterly discontent. American consumerism in the novel has become a religion of sorts, but a religion which gives no consolation or salvation. The American Dream, in theory, may consist of living in a paradise of consumer options, but DeLillo pictures it as a nightmare akin to a low-key.."

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