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

ISBN-10: 0140094385
ISBN-13: 9780140094381
Edition: N/A
Authors: Neil Postman
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/4/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the State University of New York and Columbia University, Neil Postman is a communications theorist, educator, and writer who has been deeply involved with the issue of the impact of the media and advanced communications technology on American culture. In his many books, Postman has strongly opposed the idea that technology will "save" humanity. In fact, he has focused on the negative ways in which television and computers alter social behavior. In his book Technopoly, Postman argues that the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys humanity by creating a culture with no moral structure. Thus, technology can be a dangerous enemy as well as a good friend. Postman, who is married and has three children, currently is a professor of media ecology at New York University and editor of Et Cetera, the journal of general semantics. In addition to his books, he has contributed to various magazines and periodicals, including Atlantic and The Nation. He has also appeared on the television program Sunrise Semester. Postman is the holder of the Christian Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching from New YorkUniversity.

Foreword
The Medium Is the Metaphor
Media as Epistemology
Typographic America
The Typographic Mind
The Peek-a-Boo World
The Age of Show Business
"Now ... This"
Shuffle Off to Bethlehem
Reach Out and Elect Someone
Teaching as an Amusing Activity
The Huxleyan Warning
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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