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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. Amusing Ourselves to Death PDF
“A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
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Neil Postman (1931-2003) was chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at New York University and founder of its Media Ecology program. He wrote more than twenty books. His son Andrew Postman is the author of five books, and his work appears in numerous publications.
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- Identification Number : B0023ZLLH6
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Anniversary edition (December 27, 2005)
- Publication date : December 27, 2005
- Language : English
- File size : 1680 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 207 pages
- Page numbers source International Standard Book Number : 014303653X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,598 in Kindle Store
How the new medias are determining today’s society and reality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2014
This book is great in terms of the train of thoughts and reasoning that is able to trigger and it’s very valuable in its long term and historical point of view on media and content diffusion in the modern age.
The book is massively interesting on 2 fronts
1) Raising awareness on the impact of new media (television being the new media at the time Postman was writing) on communication, content and cognition
2) Analyzing the long term, major impact of new medias effects on political, social and cultural trends.
Even if the book was written before the entire internet revolution happened it’s still very current and the trends and consequences identified by Postman are still in full force and effect in 2014.
Alarming analysis of Things that have Actually Come.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2019
An analysis that whilst written pre the age of the widespread social media that plagues discourse today is wholly relevant to the current absurdities of the 140+ character inanity and ‘likes’ of ‘friends’ we have never met, if indeed they actually exist. It would be good to have an equivalent analysis of the present day, but this is remarkablein that it says mych about has subsequently happened in the post TV and hard media world of the dumbing down of politics and social interactions.
Mystic Meg stuff!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2017
This is an excellent book. It may have originally been written in 1985, but if anything, is more relevant then ever before.
This should absolutely be required reading for everyone.
Read and marvel at a very presient man.
Still an interesting book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2017
This book is not as dated as one could imagine and I would recommend reading the forward last or at least re-reading it once the book is finished. I would have liked to have seen a chapter on how religion has a similar ‘diversionary’ function. Well worth a read.
Book was promptly sent. Thank you.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2018
Brilliant prophetic book. A must read work.
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