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9780143036531

Amusing Ourselves to Death

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143036531

  • ISBN10:

    014303653X

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-12-27
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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Summary

Television has habituated us to visual entertainment measured out in spoonfuls of time. But what happens when we come to expect the same things from our politics and public discourse? What happens to journalism, education, and religion when they too become forms of show business? Twenty years ago, Neil Postman's lively polemic was the first book to consider the way that electronic media were reshaping our culture. Now, with TV joined by the Internet, cell phones, cable, and DVDs, Amusing Ourselves to Death carries even greater significance. Elegant, incisive, and terrifically readable, it's a compelling take on our addiction to entertainment. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Twentieth Anniversary Editionp. vii
In 1985 ...p. xvii
Forewordp. xix
The Medium Is the Metaphorp. 3
Media as Epistemologyp. 16
Typographic Americap. 30
The Typographic Mindp. 44
The Peek-a-Boo Worldp. 64
The Age of Show Businessp. 83
"Now ... This"p. 99
Shuffle Off to Bethlehemp. 114
Reach Out and Elect Someonep. 125
Teaching as an Amusing Activityp. 142
The Huxleyan Warningp. 155
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 177
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