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Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
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A good and very quick read about how media in the twentieth century (and beyond) have increasingly impaired our ability for critical (and relevant) thinking by shortening our attention spans and prioritizing instantly-gratifying entertainment-like formats (read: sales) over substantive discourse. He does come across as an ultra-utilitarian in the sense that he believes knowledge is only meaningful if we put it to concrete use in our daily lives. Despite my disagreements with this aspect of his argument, much of his analysis is well-taken.
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