Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business

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Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business

by Neil Postman
Introduction by Andrew Postman

Penguin Publishing Group | December 27, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.81 × 5.14 × 0.58 in

Published: December 27, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014303653X

ISBN - 13: 9780143036531

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Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business

by Neil Postman
Introduction by Andrew Postman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7.81 × 5.14 × 0.58 in

Published: December 27, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014303653X

ISBN - 13: 9780143036531

About the Book

Postman takes an enlightening look at the long-term effects of mass media--how it transforms the world, and the ways in which the media onslaught can be challenged.

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Table of Contents ABOUT THE AUTHORS Title Page Copyright Page Introduction Foreword   Part I. Chapter 1. - The Medium Is the Metaphor Chapter 2. - Media as Epistemology Chapter 3. - Typographic America Chapter 4. - The Typographic Mind Chapter 5. - The Peek-a-Boo World   Part II. Chapter 6. - The Age of Show Business Chapter 7. - “Now ... This” Chapter 8. - Shuffle Off to Bethlehem Chapter 9. - Reach Out and Elect Someone Chapter 10. - Teaching as an Amusing Activity Chapter 11. - The Huxleyan Warning   Notes Bibliography Index Acclaim for Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death “As a fervent evangelist of the age of Hollywood, I publicly opposed Neil Postman’s dark picture of our media-saturated future. But time has proved Postman right. He accurately foresaw that the young would inherit a frantically all-consuming media culture of glitz, gossip, and greed.” —Camille Paglia   “A brillant, powerful and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World   “He starts where Marshall McLuhan left off, constructing his arguments with the resources of a scholar and the wit of a raconteur.” — The Christian Science Monitor   “This comes along at exactly the right moment.... We must confront the challenge of his prophetic vision.” —Jonathan Kozol ABO
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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

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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.