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Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :1986
  • Total pages :184
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Summary : Examines the effects of television culture on how we conduct our public affairs and how "entertainment values" corrupt the way we think.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :2006
  • Total pages :184
  • ISBN : 9780143036531
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Summary : 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.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :1987
  • Total pages :184
  • ISBN : 9780413404404
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Summary : A brilliant powerful and important book....This is a brutal indictment Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one. --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date :1986
  • Total pages :184
  • ISBN :
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Summary : Examines the effects of television culture on how we conduct our public affairs and how "entertainment values" corrupt the way we think.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • Author : N.A
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  • Release Date :2013
  • Total pages :114
  • ISBN : 9781602593473
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Neil Postman - Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death

Neil Postman - Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death
  • Author : Julia Schubert
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  • Release Date :2005-11-23
  • Total pages :26
  • ISBN : 3638441776
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Summary : 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. [...]

100 of the Most Outrageous Comments about Amusing Ourselves to Death

100 of the Most Outrageous Comments about Amusing Ourselves to Death
  • Author : Andrew Peak
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  • Release Date :2013-03
  • Total pages :46
  • ISBN : 9785458898225
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Summary : 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.

Amazing Ourselves to Death

Amazing Ourselves to Death
  • Author : Lance Strate
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  • Release Date :2014
  • Total pages :170
  • ISBN : 9781433119309
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Summary : "Media, technology, culture, television, new media, media ecology, public discourse" --

How to Watch TV News

How to Watch TV News
  • Author : Neil Postman,Steve Powers
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  • Release Date :2009-07-10
  • Total pages :178
  • ISBN : 9781442033047
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Summary : A scathing and prescient look at television newsÂ-now updated for the new tech-savvy generation Television news : genuine information or entertainment fodder? Fifteen years ago, Neil Postman, a pioneer in media education and author of the bestselling Amusing Ourselves to Death, and Steve Powers, an award-winning broadcast journalist, concluded that anyone who relies exclusively on their television for accurate world news is making a big mistake. A cash cow laden with money from advertisers, so-called news shows glut viewers with celebrity coverage at the cost of things they really should know. Today, this message is still appallingly true but the problems have multipliedÂ- along with the power of the Internet and the abundance of cable channels. A must-read for anyone concerned with the way media is manipulating our worldview, this newly revised edition addresses the evolving technology and devolving quality of AmericaÂ's television news programming.

The End of Education

The End of Education
  • Author : Neil Postman
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  • Release Date :2011-06-01
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 0307797201
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Summary : In this comprehensive response to the education crisis, the author of Teaching as a Subversive Activity returns to the subject that established his reputation as one of our most insightful social critics. Postman presents useful models with which schools can restore a sense of purpose, tolerance, and a respect for learning.

Technopoly

Technopoly
  • Author : Neil Postman
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  • Release Date :2011-06-01
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 9780307797353
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Summary : In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it—with radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, education, intelligence, and truth.

Saturday Night Live and Philosophy

Saturday Night Live and Philosophy
  • Author : N.A
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  • Release Date :2020-01-28
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 1119538556
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Summary : This hilarious cast of star philosophers will make you laugh while you think as they explore the moral conundrums, ridiculous paradoxes, and wild implications of Saturday Night Live Comedian-philosophers from Socrates to Sartre have always prodded and provoked us, critiquing our most sacred institutions and urging us to examine ourselves in the process. In Saturday Night Live and Philosophy, a star-studded cast of philosophers takes a close look at the “deep thoughts” beneath the surface of NBC’s award-winning late-night variety show and its hosts’ zany antics. In this book, philosophy and comedy join forces, just like the Ambiguously Gay Duo, to explore the meaning of life itself through the riffs and beats of the subversive parody that gives the show its razor-sharp wit and undeniable cultural and political significance. Our guest hosts raise some eyebrows with questions like: Is Weekend Update Fake News? Does SNL upset dominant paradigms or trap us in political bubbles? When it comes to SNL, how can we tell the difference between satire, smart-assery, and seriousness? Is the Ladies Man too stupid for moral responsibility? What is the benefit of jokes that cause outrage? The Church Lady has a bad case of moral superiority. How about you? What can Wayne and Garth teach us about living a happy life?

The Art of Controversy

The Art of Controversy
  • Author : Victor S Navasky
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  • Release Date :2013-04-09
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 0307962148
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Summary : A lavishly illustrated, witty, and original look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout history to enrage, provoke, and amuse. As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky knows just how transformative—and incendiary—cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created, including those by George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honoré Daumier, and Ralph Steadman. He recounts how cartoonists and caricaturists have been censored, threatened, incarcerated, and even murdered for their art, and asks what makes this art form, too often dismissed as trivial, so uniquely poised to affect our minds and our hearts. Drawing on his own encounters with would-be censors, interviews with cartoonists, and historical archives from cartoon museums across the globe, Navasky examines the political cartoon as both art and polemic over the centuries. We see afresh images most celebrated for their artistic merit (Picasso's Guernica, Goya's "Duendecitos"), images that provoked outrage (the 2008 Barry Blitt New Yorker cover, which depicted the Obamas as a Muslim and a Black Power militant fist-bumping in the Oval Office), and those that have dictated public discourse (Herblock’s defining portraits of McCarthyism, the Nazi periodical Der Stürmer’s anti-Semitic caricatures). Navasky ties together these and other superlative genre examples to reveal how political cartoons have been not only capturing the zeitgeist throughout history but shaping it as well—and how the most powerful cartoons retain the ability to shock, gall, and inspire long after their creation. Here Victor S. Navasky brilliantly illuminates the true power of one of our most enduringly vital forms of artistic expression.

Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk

Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk
  • Author : Neil Postman
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  • Release Date :1976
  • Total pages :269
  • ISBN : 9780440015543
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Summary : A guide to recognizing and correcting or eradicating confused, inappropriate, and inarticulate speech and unreasonable or maliciously intended speech

The Disappearance of Childhood

The Disappearance of Childhood
  • Author : Neil Postman
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  • Release Date :1994
  • Total pages :177
  • ISBN : 0679751661
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Summary : Argues that the intrusion of television into every home introduces children too early to adult concepts and activities and subverts their ability to think abstractly, and the very concept of childhood is being destroyed