Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
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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Review: Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show BusinessUser Review - Forester McClatchey - Goodreads
It isn't fair to read any writer immediately after Nabokov. Postman's prose inevitably seemed cro-magnon, but at least it was clear and, fittingly, entertaining. Read full review
Review: Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show BusinessUser Review - Mohammed Al-Garawi - Goodreads
The main thesis of this book is that television has negatively affected the level of public discourse in contemporary America. Postman starts off by comparing Huxley's and Orwell's dystopian futures ... Read full review