amusing ourselves to death public discourse in the age of show business

Download Book Amusing Ourselves To Death Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business in PDF format. You can Read Online Amusing Ourselves To Death Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business here in PDF, EPUB, Mobi or Docx formats.

Amusing Ourselves To Death

Author : Neil Postman
ISBN : 1101042621
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 68. 27 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 128
Read : 799

Download Now


What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's 1984, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever. "It's unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN 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. “A brilliant, 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

Amusing Ourselves To Death

Author : Neil Postman
ISBN : 014303653X
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 79. 58 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 676
Read : 222

Download Now


Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge, in a special anniversary edition of the classic critique of the influence of the mass media on a democratic society. Reprint.

Neil Postman Amusing And Informing Ourselves To Death

Author : Julia Schubert
ISBN : 9783638441773
Genre : Foreign Language Study
File Size : 59. 33 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 432
Read : 752

Download Now


Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1, Martin Luther University (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Orality and Literacy, 17 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The central topics of the works of the writer, educator, communication theorist, social critic and cultural commentator Neil Postman have always been the media, their different forms of communication and their meanings to people, society and culture. Any of his books was built around the McLuhan-question: “Does the form of any medium of communication affect our social relations, our political ideas, or psychic habits, and of course, as he [Marshall McLuhan] always emphasized, our sensorium” (Postman: 07/30/05)? Postman was aware of the fact that a new technology and therefore a new medium may have destructive as well as creative effects. During the history of mankind there have been tremendous changes in the forms, volume, speed and context of information and it is necessary to find out what these changes meant and mean to our cultures (Postman: 1985, 160). For him, it is a basic principle that “the clearest way to see through a culture is to attend to its tools for conversation” (Postman: 1985, 8). In the book “Amusing Ourselves to Death - Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” Postman examines, from a 1980s viewpoint, the changes in the American culture caused by the shift from the Age of Reason with the printed word at its center to the Age of Show Business with television as the central medium - or in simplifying terms the shift from rationality to triviality. Twenty years later, the situation has changed again. This term paper will make an attempt to answer the question what the new media, especially the internet, did to the modern (American) culture and to its public discourse. Obviously, Postman’s provocative title “Amusing Ourselves to Death” was just the beginning of a fast moving development since nowadays the modern media world seems to shape our lives under the title “Informing Ourselves to Death” (Postman: 07/30/05) or to use one of the latest terms “Infotaining Ourselves to Death”. ..First of all, the following chapters will examine the line of Postman’s argumentation which led to the conclusion that television has significantly transformed the American society into an amusement and entertainment culture. What has happened and what was the role of the media? Was this the beginning of a “Brave New World”? As a matter of fact, Postman ́s theories and statements are not to be taken as unreflected truth. Subsequently,some critical remarks are to be made from a 21 st -century viewpoint. [...]

Teaching As A Subversive Activity

Author : Neil Postman
ISBN : 9780307491701
Genre : Education
File Size : 60. 50 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 835
Read : 1068

Download Now


A no-holds-barred assault on outdated teaching methods--with dramatic and practical proposals on how education can be made relevant to today's world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Crazy Talk Stupid Talk

Author : Neil Postman
ISBN : 0440015545
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 62. 6 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 944
Read : 948

Download Now


A guide to recognizing and correcting or eradicating confused, inappropriate, and inarticulate speech and unreasonable or maliciously intended speech

Amazing Ourselves To Death

Author : Lance Strate
ISBN : 1433119315
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 67. 89 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 429
Read : 795

Download Now


"Media, technology, culture, television, new media, media ecology, public discourse" --

100 Of The Most Outrageous Comments About Amusing Ourselves To Death

Author : Andrew Peak
ISBN : 5458898222
Genre :
File Size : 74. 46 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 471
Read : 438

Download Now


In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Top Download:

Best Books