Amusing Ourselves to Death
Score: 4.5
From 93 Ratings

Amusing Ourselves to Death


  • Author: Neil Postman & Andrew Postman
  • Release Date : 1985-11-29
  • Genre: Social Science
  • File Size: 805925 Bytes


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.” -CNNOriginally 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 pr...

"Wars Not Make One Great": Redeeming the Star Wars Mythos from Redemptive Violence Without Amusing Ourselves to Death (Essay)


  • Author: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
  • Release Date : 2010-03-22
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • File Size: 329784 Bytes


"You May Fire When Ready" [Grand Moff Tarkin, ANH]: A Violent Mythos [1] All human artefacts are culturally and contextually produced. Mythologies, for instance, express, through their judicious symbolic depiction of "archetypal" forms of living, the cultural (Latin, cultura) conditions that mark their location or setting. However, they also possess a certain transcendental quality which enables them to recultivate or transfigure, either subtly or radically, perspectives of their cultural instantiation by offering imaginative alternatives which themselves can become effective through their ritualistic telling and retelling. What these claims do is argue that mythological stories can provide powerful unconscious forces for the motivation and justif...

Amusing Ourselves to Death
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Amusing Ourselves to Death


  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 014303653X


Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Description :

Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge, in a special anniversary edition of the classic critique of the influence of the mass media on a democratic society. Reprint....

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death


  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: Mass media
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : PSU:000012455942


Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Description :

Examines the effects of television culture on how we conduct our public affairs and how "entertainment values" corrupt the way we think....

Amazing Ourselves to Death

Amazing Ourselves to Death


  • Author : Lance Strate
  • Publisher : Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1433119307


Amazing Ourselves to Death Book Description :

"Media, technology, culture, television, new media, media ecology, public discourse" --...

100 of the Most Outrageous Comments about Amusing Ourselves to Death

100 of the Most Outrageous Comments about Amusing Ourselves to Death


  • Author : Andrew Peak
  • Publisher : Lennex
  • Release Date : 2013-03
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 5458898222


100 of the Most Outrageous Comments about Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Description :

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all....

Technopoly
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Technopoly


  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 030779735X


Technopoly Book Description :

In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it—with radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, education, intelligence, and truth....

How to Watch TV News
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

How to Watch TV News


  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher : Penguin Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0143113771


How to Watch TV News Book Description :

A guide to interpreting television news discusses how news programs are presented and the difference between what they say they present and what they actually deliver....

Neil Postman   Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death

Neil Postman Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death


  • Author : Julia Schubert
  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Release Date : 2005-11-23
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9783638441773


Neil Postman Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death Book Description :

Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1, Martin Luther University (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Orality and Literacy, 17 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The central topics of the works of the writer, educator, communication theorist, social critic and cultural commentator Neil Postman have always been the media, their different forms of communication and their meanings to people, society and culture. Any of his books was built around the McLuhan-question: “Does the form of any medium of communication affect our social relations, our political ideas, or psychic habits, and of course, as he [Marshall McLuhan] alwa...

The End of Education
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The End of Education


  • Author : Neil Postman
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307797209


The End of Education Book Description :

In this comprehensive response to the education crisis, the author of Teaching as a Subversive Activity returns to the subject that established his reputation as one of our most insightful social critics. Postman presents useful models with which schools can restore a sense of purpose, tolerance, and a respect for learning....

Saturday Night Live and Philosophy

Saturday Night Live and Philosophy


  • Author :
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2020-01-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781119538554


Saturday Night Live and Philosophy Book Description :

This hilarious cast of star philosophers will make you laugh while you think as they explore the moral conundrums, ridiculous paradoxes, and wild implications of Saturday Night Live Comedian-philosophers from Socrates to Sartre have always prodded and provoked us, critiquing our most sacred institutions and urging us to examine ourselves in the process. In Saturday Night Live and Philosophy, a star-studded cast of philosophers takes a close look at the “deep thoughts” beneath the surface of NBC’s award-winning late-night variety show and its hosts’ zany antics. In this book, philosophy and comedy join forces, just like the Ambiguously Gay Duo, to explore the meaning of life itself through the riffs and beats of the subversive parody that give...