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Amusing ourselves to death : public discourse in the age of show business / Neil Postman ; new introduction by Andrew Postman.

Postman, Neil. (Author). Postman, Andrew. (Author of introduction, etc.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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Library Reserve Desk P94.P67 A4 2006 37684001089595 Library Reserve Desk Not holdable Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 014303653X
  • ISBN: 9780143036531
  • Physical Description: xx, 184 pages ; 20 cm.
  • Edition: 20th anniversary ed.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 2006.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Faculty reserve.
Material for GS-553.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-175) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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" -- Shuffle off to Bethlehem -- Reach out and elect someone -- Teaching as an amusing activity -- The Huxleyan warning.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: Mass media > Influence.
Mass media > United States.

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