Amusing Ourselves… is Dated: "Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

The dominant TV-show format of today, so-called reality TV, provides a much truer glimpse into the human heart and much richer fodder for analyzing our behavior.
Nearly three decades after its publication, you still hear people refer to Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death. Especially among theological conservatives, the book is cited as the definitive critique of today's media- and entertainment-saturated culture. Mind you, not much of the book's content actually gets referenced, just the book's title. The all-too-clever catchphrase has become the metaphor of choice for those wishing to describe what ails our society. I've heard the phrase "amusing ourselves to death" so often in conservative Christian circles that I now instinctively roll ...

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