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- Publisher: Vintage Books
- Format: Paperback | 10 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 16mm | 200g
- Publication date: 1 August 1992
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 067973421X
- ISBN 13: 9780679734215
- Edition statement: Vintage Books.
- Sales rank: 375,338
Neil postman examines commercials, evening newscasts, and advertising to reveal the cultural consequences of technological change and explore education's responsibilty to guide us away from the media muse.
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"Postman is that rare social critic whose commentary on the current state of American culture and education is a funny as it is throughout and well argued...a provocative collection." -- The New York Times Book Review "Postman uses cogent arguments, sharp needles and gentle humor to challenge readers to change their ways of thinking ... delightful." -- St. Louis Post Dispatch
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In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst-and the best-of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty.
In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst -- and the best -- of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty. Readers will find themselves rethinking many of their bedrock assumptions: Should education transmit culture or defend us against it? Is technological innovation progress or a peculiarly American addiction? When everyone watches the same television programs -- and television producers don't discriminate between the audiences for Sesame Street and Dynasty -- is childhood anything more than a sentimental concept? Writing in the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Neil Postman sends shock waves of wit and critical intelligence through the cultural wasteland.