A Great Feast of Light
People who think television is a waste of time have probably never read John Doyle's excellent column on the subject in The Globe and Mail. I feel a little sorry for those people, because they'll probably also never read his memoir of growing up in Ireland at the dawning of the TV age there. Doyle writes with his trademark humour and style, and he illuminates the social and political changes that television helped bring about in his native land. I'll admit that even as a massive Doyle fan, I was at first skeptical about this book. But Doyle makes a convincing—and entertaining—case for TV as an instrument of social change, in a book that should resonate with pop culture scholars and Eire-o-philes alike.
category: best of 2005