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, and how “entertainment values” have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped 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 has little tolerance for argument, hypothesis, or explanation. Postman argues that public discourse—the advancing of arguments in logical order for the public good, once a hallmark of American culture—is being converted from exposition and explanation to entertainment.
Audio book is read too fast
Great book to read--not great to listen to. Almost sounds like a drug side-effects disclaimer voiceover they put at the end of drug ads. Read unnaturally fast, at least twice as fast as it should have been recorded. Disappointing.
Great book, but the audio version is WAY too fast!
I've read the book, I've listened to the audiobook. The book is most definitely worth a read. The audiobook is read way, way too fast, even by tweaking the speed settings on your iPod, it's too fast. Very difficult to listen to. It's a shame, because it's a great book.