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Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
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Sep 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: criticism, non-fiction

Written in 1985, Neil Postman’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death has proven to be prophetic about the culture of entertainment. Postman does an admirable job of recounting how the literal typographical culture of early America made its citizens among the most informed in the world. TV has changed the essence of our society for the worse and has profoundly transformed how we think, view the world, and process information. Some of the more thought provoking sections include “Media as Epistemology” and “The Typographic Mind.” In the second part he is right on target with “Reach Out and Elect Someone” and “Teaching as an Amusing Activity.”

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