Synopses & Reviews
"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)
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.