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Title:
Amusing ourselves to death : public discourse in the age of show business
Author:
Postman, Neil.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Twentieth anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, [2005]

©2005
Physical Description:
xx, 184 pages ; 20 cm
Summary:
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. - Publisher.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction to the Twentieth anniversary edition -- In 1985 -- Foreword -- The medium is the metaphor -- Media as epistemology -- Typographic America -- The typographic mind -- The peek-a-boo world -- The age of show business -- "Now...this" -- Shuttle off to Bethlehem -- Reach out and elect someone -- Teaching as an amusing activity -- The Huxleyan warning.
ISBN:
9780143036531
Format :
Book