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Amusing Ourselves to Death : Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business - Neil Postman

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

By: Neil Postman, Andrew Postman (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 27th December 2005
ISBN: 9780143036531
Number Of Pages: 184
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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

Industry Reviews

"I can't think of a more prophetic, more thoughtful, more necessary - and yes, more entertaining - book about media culture." -Victor Navasky, National Book Award-winning author of The Art of Controversy

"All I can say about Neil Postman's brilliant Amusing Ourselves to Death is: Guilty As Charged." -Matt Groening, Creator of The Simpsons

"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 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

Amazing insightful read!


Very informative and relevant information to todays population. Well worth your money and your time!



A love hate relationship with this book


This book is a really good read if you have already come to the conclusion that TV (and a number of other electronic entertainment forms) have changed our expectations of the way information should be packaged for us - and for the worse. If you have not, however, I feel that it may not win you over simply because it labours a number of points, like news information, at the expense of remaining excited about the build of the argument getting to the really important point to make, and that is our addiction to stimulation. It is also stated in the introduction that some high school children have read it and loved it. I think most high school kids will find some of it interesting, but not have the application to read the whole thing. HOWEVER, having said all of that, it is really well researched, and nicely worded. It is a good piece of writing on a very topical subject made all the more interesting by the fact that it was written quite a while ago. This means that the author had great insight.

Gold Coast


Amusing Ourselves to Death

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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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ISBN: 9780143036531
ISBN-10: 014303653X
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 27th December 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.56 x 12.7  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1

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