Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational public discourse and reasoned public affairs. In this eloquent, persuasive book, Neil Postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to withstand the media onslaught. Before we hand over politics, education, religion, and journalism to the show business demands of the television age, we must recognize the ways in which the media shape our lives and the ways we can, in turn, shape them to serve out highest goals.
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In a print - based culture , lawyers tended to be well educated , devoted to reason
, and capable of impressive ... 15 George Sharswood , perhaps envisioning the
degraded state of legal education in the twentieth century , remarked in 1854 ...
Such are the contradictions of a television - based culture . ... it serves us most ill
when it co - opts serious modes of discourse - news , politics , science , education
, commerce , religion - and turns them into entertainment packages . We would ...
... to all dangerous social problems , and is , of course , based on a naive and
mystical faith in the efficacy of education . ... Indeed , you will not find two high
school seniors in a hundred who could tell you — within a five - hundred - year
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - engelcox - LibraryThing
I’ve never really been a TV addict. Oh, I’ve watched plenty of television fare in my time, but I’ve always been more interested in comics and books, I think, because of their permanence. TV, until the ... Read full review
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Written in the mid 80's 'Amusing Our Selves to Death' remains a damning indictment of what a runaway entertainment mindset has done to American culture. Things are not better, if anything, things are ... Read full review
The Medium Is the Metaphor
Media as Epistemology
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