Amusing Ourselves to Death

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

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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.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Anniversary
  • 014303653X
  • 9780143036531
  • 8,169

About Neil Postman

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."

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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

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