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Publisher Description

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

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
1985
November 29
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
192
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
805.9
KB

Customer Reviews

ran1974 ,

Great read

Definitely see where it fits in today

CreightonF ,

Terrihle

I enjoy educational books such as this. I’ve red multiple of Malcolm Gladwell’s books for instance and enjoyed them greatly. This however is abysmal. This is the most boring thing I think I have ever read. If I hadn’t of paid for this I would have stopped reading it. I’m attempting to finish the book, but oh my god it’s like torture.

Josh777777777 ,

Well written judgement.

it's not that television is bad. It's here to stay. It's how we use it and how we easily lose ourselves with the fast paced nonsensical flow of irrelevant images designed to capture our attention for a few moments and then the, "now... This".

I'm a realist. Tv is here to stay. It's not about the bad things it's how you decide to watch it and what you decide to watch. Above everything remember the majority of content is about entertainment from politics to education.

Great read. I'll probably read it again.

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