Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (Paperback)
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Short Description for Amusing Ourselves to Death A brilliant powerful and important book....This is a brutal indictment Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one. --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
- Published: 02 October 2007
- Format: Paperback 184 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780143036531 ISBN 10: 014303653X
- Sales rank: 8,101
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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.