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


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


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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.

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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Weight: .35lbs
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.6" L x 5.1" W
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 014303653X
Publisher: Penguin
Author: Neil Postman
Pages: 184
Publication date: December 27, 2005

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