Amusing Ourselves… is Still relevant: "Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

The problem is not that television presents us with entertaining subject matter but that all subject matter is presented as entertaining, which is another issue altogether
For a book written about media in 1985, Postman's book is surprisingly relevant. When my students read it, I expect them to say something about how irrelevant it is to them, but they never say this; instead, they speak enthusiastically about how insightful and helpful it is. This is probably because laptops, iPads, and smartphones are really little more than portable televisions. The videos (YouTube or otherwise) my students view on their digital devices are as "amusing" as television itself, and Postman's insights regarding the one realm are highly applicable to the other. If anything, their ...

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