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

ISBN-10: 014303653X
ISBN-13: 9780143036531
Edition: 20th 2006 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572

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.

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.

Andrew Postman is the author of four books. He writes often about sports. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and sons.

Introduction to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition
In 1985 ...
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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