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Is there anyone these days who hasn’t written a book about the dumbing of the American media? While liberals like James Fallows chastise individual editors for falling short of journalism’s highest ideals, radicals like the folks who organized last month’s Media and Democracy Congress focus on the corporate economics that shapes the media. Journalist Danny Schechter’s The More You Watch, the Less You Know fits in with the more insightful critiques from the left and adds a healthy dose of autobiography as it traces its author from his days as a ’60s radical through his tenure as Boston radio’s media dissector. But like all of his fellow information-age media critics, Schechter presents his press-flaying as some sort of unprecedented act of daring. Unprecedented? If we buy that one, maybe the media really has dumbed us down. Hear Schechter read at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. FREE. (202) 965-9880. (MS)