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

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


By (author) Neil Postman, Introduction by Andrew Postman

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 15mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 014303653X
  • ISBN 13: 9780143036531
  • Edition: 20
  • Edition statement: Anniversary
  • Sales rank: 7,086

Product description

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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Neil Postman (1931 2003) was chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at New York University and founder of its Media Ecology program. He wrote more than twenty books."

Table of contents

Introduction Part I 1. The Medium Is the Metaphor 2. Media as Epistemology 3. Typographic America 4. The Typographic Mind 5. The Peek-a-Boo World Part II 6. The Age of Show Business 7. "Now...This" 8. Shuffle Off to Bethlehem 9. Reach Out and Elect Someone 10. Teaching as an Amusing Activity 11. The Huxleyan Warning Notes Bibliography Index