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

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by Neil Postman
Penguin (Non-Classics); Revised edition (December 27, 2005)

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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 control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.

 

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  2. Stephen Morrison says:

    Amusing Ourselves to Death is a very enlightening book. Though it was written a couple decades ago it still, in many ways, holds true today. Though the TV is not the most used electronic device anymore, a lot of what he said is related to the computer and especially some means of communication today. It is especially interesting how many similarities between the effects of Facebook and the telegraph there are. Facebook seems to be a more efficient telegraph. It allows for everybody to know when someone else sneezed just like the telegraph allowed people to know when the princess was sick. This book is timeless in many ways and will probably continue to hold true as long as we continue to let our lives revolve around being entertained.

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