Neil postmans amusing ourselves to death

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman

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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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business ( ) is a book by educator Neil Postman. The book's origins lay in a talk Postman.
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Amusing Ourselves to Death

The book's origins lay in a talk Postman gave to the Frankfurt Book Fair in In the introduction to his book, Postman said that the contemporary world was better reflected by Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World , whose public was oppressed by their addiction to amusement, than by Orwell's work, where they were oppressed by state control. It has been translated into eight languages and sold some , copies worldwide. In , Postman's son Andrew reissued the book in a 20th anniversary edition. Postman distinguishes the Orwellian vision of the future, in which totalitarian governments seize individual rights, from that offered by Aldous Huxley in Brave New World , where people medicate themselves into bliss, thereby voluntarily sacrificing their rights.

What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's , Neil's Postman's.
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Dec 27, ISBN What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one. But time has proved Postman right.

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  1. Resugede says:

    Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

  2. Susan C. says:

    In Amusing Ourselves to Death, Postman shows how the most popular media of a time in history shapes the discourse of the world. Written in.

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  4. Magdaprincess says:

    Everyone needs to read this book.

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    Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman: Summary, Notes and Lessons - Nat Eliason

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