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Amusing ourselves to death : public discourse in the age of show business

Author: Neil Postman
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 20th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Postman
ISBN: 014303653X 9780143036531
OCLC Number: 62757793
Description: xx, 184 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: The medium is the metaphor --
Media as epistemology --
Typographic America --
The typographic mind --
The peek-a-boo world --
The age of show business --
"Now ... this" --
Shuffle off to Bethlehem --
Reach out and elect someone --
Teaching as an amusing activity --
The Huxleyan warning.
Responsibility: Neil Postman ; new introduction by Andrew Postman.
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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. --Publisher.

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