Amusing ourselves to death : public discourse in the age of show business / Neil Postman Postman, Neil

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Postman, Neil
Mass media - Influence.; United States.; Mass media - United States.
In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, on how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given expression less and less in the form of printed or spoken words, they are rapidly being reshaped and staged to suit the requirements of television. And because television is a visual medium, whose images are most pleasurably apprehended when they are fast-moving and dynamic, discourse on television takes the form of entertainment. Television has little tolerance for argument, hypothesis, or explanation it demands performing art. Mr. Postman argues that public discourse, the advancing of arguments in logical order for the public good-once the hallmark of American culture-is being converted from exposition and explanation to entertainment.
Read associated articles: Amusing Ourselves to Death, Brave New World, Media ecology, Science studies, Slow parenting, Social aspects of television, Television
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