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

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

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

ISBN13: 9780143036531

ISBN10: 014303653X

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman - ISBN 9780143036531
Edition: REV 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman - ISBN 9780143036531

ISBN13: 9780143036531

ISBN10: 014303653X

Edition: REV 05

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Summary

The prophetic landmark work exploring the corrosive effects of electronic media on a democratic society

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 controlof our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I
1. The Medium Is the Metaphor
2. Media as Epistemology
3. Typographic America
4. The Typographic Mind
5. The Peek-a-Boo World

Part II
6. The Age of Show Business
7. "Now...This"
8. Shuffle Off to Bethlehem
9. Reach Out and Elect Someone
10. Teaching as an Amusing Activity
11. The Huxleyan Warning

Notes Bibliography Index