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      Excerpt from “New World Coming,”
words and music by Barry Mann and
Cynthia Weil. Copyright © 1970 by
Screen Gems-Columbia Music, Inc.,
711 Fifth Avenue, New York 10022
and used with their permission.
All rights reserved.

      Excerpt from “Speech to a Crowd,”
by Archibald MacLeish. From his
Public Speech. Copyright
1936 © 1964 by Archibald MacLeish.
Reprinted by permission of Holt,
Rinehart & Winston, Inc.

      Excerpt from “Nickel Song,” by
Melanie Safka. Copyright © 1970 by
Kama Rippa Music, Inc. and Amelanie
Music. All rights reserved. Used
by permission of Kama Rippa Music,

      Excerpt from “The World Needs a
Melody,” words and music by Red Lane,
Larry Henley and Johnny Slate.
Copyright © 1971 by Tree Publishing
Co., Inc. Reprinted by permission
of the publishers.

      Excerpt from “Spanish Pipe Dream,”
by John Prine. Copyright © 1971 by
Cotillion Music, Inc. and Sour Grapes
Music, Inc. Reprinted by permission
of Cotillion Music, Inc.

Library of Congress Cataloging
in Publication Data
Johnson, Nicholas, 1934–
      Test pattern for living.

Bibliography: p. 146.
1. Mass media–Social aspects–
United States.
2. United States–Social conditions–
1960- I. Title.

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by Mason Williams viii

Introduction xv

Mass Communication and
Mass Disintegration 3

The Corporate State 17

The Television Business 33

Caution! Television Watching May Be
Hazardous to Your Mental Health 41

Life as an Alternative I 55

Life as an Alternative II 79

Antidote to Automobiles 111

Working in a Corporate State 119

Voting in a Corporate State 133

Conclusion 144

Bibliography 146

Acknowledgments; Credits; Sources 150

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