Revisiting a Classic Book: Editor's Introduction

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Almost thirty years ago, culture critic and media ecologist Neil Postman (1931-2003) wrote a book that became an instant classic: Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (Penguin, 1985; rev. 2005). The book began with a provocative and admittedly cryptic thesis: George Orwell was wrong; Aldous Huxley was right. ¶ Postman meant to bring to mind two contrasting possibilities for the future based on famous dystopian novels, Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. Although both novels imagine a terrible future, they do so for very different reasons: <...

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