"White Noise" is a novel by Don DeLillo, published in 1985. It is a satirical work that tells the story of Jack Gladney, a college professor who specializes in Hitler studies, and his family. The novel is set in a small Midwestern town and explores themes of consumerism, the media, and the fear of death. It is known for its portrayal of the cultural and technological changes of the late 20th century and its portrayal of the inner lives of its characters. It has received widespread critical acclaim for its portrayal of the modern world and its portrayal of the anxieties and insecurities that are characteristic of life in the contemporary era.