Tuesdays with Morrie makes it very clear that the world is absolutely saturated in all sorts of media. Mitch works for a newspaper (as well as television and radio), both he and Morrie read newspapers. And yet, the book’s depictions of media, with the exception of Morrie’s appearances in his Nightline interviews, are not at all positive. In fact, the media portrayed in the book is time and again connected with death: television focuses relentlessly on the OJ Simpson trial, while during his weekly travels from Detroit to West Newton Mitch reads about various fatal tragedies in the newspaper. Further, Mitch’s own life as a media celebrity is portrayed as full of speed and action, but devoid of meaning or fulfillment. And it is the absence of media, when Mitch's writers' union goes on strike and he suddenly finds himself with the time to visit Morrie weekly, that allows Mitch to reevaluate his life and make positive changes to his personal culture. Media, then, becomes a kind of representation of the unfulfilling and materialistic modern culture that Morrie criticizes.
The timeline below shows where the symbol Media appears in Tuesdays with Morrie. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Fourth Tuesday: We Talk About Death
The Eighth Tuesday: We Talk About Money
The Ninth Tuesday: We Talk About How Love Goes On
...are digging in and accusing each other of not communicating. Mitch says that stories in the news are equally depressing—a teenage girl was hit by a thrown tombstone as she drove with... (full context)
The Eleventh Tuesday: We Talk About Our Culture
...and when the foreman reads that Simpson has been found not guilty, Connie shrieks. The TV shows black people celebrating outside the courthouse, and the decision is called momentous. Connie leaves... (full context)
The Audiovisual, Part Three
The Fourteenth Tuesday: We Say Good-Bye