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

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Penguin, 27.12.2005 - 208 Seiten
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Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of  entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining controlof our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.
 

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

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Many thoughts to ponder in an age when we don't take time to ponder them. What has television done to the way we live our lives? This was written back in the 80s, but rather than this book being out of date, it is more appropriate today than it was when it was written. Mind blowing. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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

Nutzerbericht  - Glen Robinson - Goodreads

Many thoughts to ponder in an age when we don't take time to ponder them. What has television done to the way we live our lives? This was written back in the 80s, but rather than this book being out of date, it is more appropriate today than it was when it was written. Mind blowing. Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Introduction to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition
vii
In 1985
xvii
Foreword
xix
The Medium Is the Metaphor
3
Media as Epistemology
16
Typographic America
30
The Typographic Mind
44
The PeekaBoo World
64
The Age of Show Business
83
Now This
99
Shuffle Off to Bethlehem
114
Reach Out and Elect Someone
125
Teaching as an Amusing Activity
142
The Huxleyan Warning
155
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Über den Autor (2005)

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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