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Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
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In AOtD, Postman laments that television is destroying public discourse by providing a constant stream of context-free information in the form of entertainment. I had to keep reminding myself that, given the publication date (1985), I'm one of the "kids today" he despairs for. And that, I think, is the book's biggest takeaway. New technology changes things, yes. But rarely so drastically as is feared. If TV had really affected my generation the way Postman argues, I'd not be capable or--or even interested in--reading AOtD today. Something to keep in mind when considering the effects of the internet.

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April 30, 2011 – Shelved
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May 3, 2011 – Finished Reading

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