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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,861 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Postman Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how entertainment values have corrupted the very way we think.

As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television. And because television is a visual medium, whose images are most pleasurably apprehended when they are fast-moving and dynamic, discourse on television has little tolerance for argument, hypothesis, or explanation. Postman argues that public discourse, the advancing of arguments in logical order for the public good, once a hallmark of American culture, is being converted from exposition and explanation to entertainment.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dennis Wales | 2/11/2014

    " This is the best book on television's impact on Western society ever. It should be a "must read" for every teacher at any level, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to make students read it during high school as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamie | 1/30/2014

    " A bit dated at this point but interesting theory. Not sure how much the critique of TV's (or computers) role in ensuring that entertainment permanently displaces print / discourse holds up in an age when TV viewership is declining and media like Twitter, blogs, etc. are ascendant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 1/16/2014

    " A real eye-opener about the change in how we see and interpret our world since visual information exchange has begun to supercede written information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Todd | 1/13/2014

    " A work of social criticism about our show business culture, Amusing Ourselves to Death powerfully shows how technology and the media have radically changed social discourse such that serious argumentation is no longer considered to be desirable. Postman points out a number of interesting consequences, mostly unattractive and damaging, of this change. The book has its faults: it's hard to make sense of some of Postman's arguments, and the way he uses the word "epistemology" is very strange to the ears of an epistemologist (I suppose that Postman is trying to use the term in ways that sociologists use it, not that I pretend to understand what that is). Still, it is very successful in highlighting some negative features of contemporary society that one might never think about on one's own. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Postman

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.