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

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ISBN13: 9780140094381
ISBN10: 0140094385
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"With the vision of an educator and communications theorist, Neil Postman examines the deeper and broader impact of television culture on the way we conduct our public affairs. He argues that unless we examine and understand the effects of living in a television-bound society, we are in danger of creating a trivial culture that will spawn a race of people who adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think. He claims that the dramatic change that television has brought to American culture is difficult to control. It is possible, however to control television's influence only when the dangers of its techniques are understood and admitted. He suggests that Americans ask 'what we are laughing about and why we have stopped thinking.'" Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

Postman takes an enlightening look at the long-term effects of mass media--how it transforms our world, and the ways in which the media onslaught can be challenged.

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gypsymoss, November 8, 2008 (view all comments by gypsymoss)
I read this book in my beginning college years. Apparently it meant more to me than I realized at the time and I failed to give it the value it deserved. Where it went I have no idea but I have been trying to track it down now for several years. I would like to read it again as I feel it will have much more meaning to me at this time and I am so grateful to have found it at last. It will be a valued addition to my library collection.
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Jeseka, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by Jeseka)
Loved the forward; it was the perfect beginning to a potentially good source for my research paper on the connection between public discourse and technological advancements (mostly on American apathy regarding current events).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140094381
Subtitle:
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Author:
Postman, Neil
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Mass media -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
19861104
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.80x5.04x.52 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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