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Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book
Author : Neil Postman
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2006
ISBN : 9780143036531
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 Book
Author : Neil Postman
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 1986
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book
Author : Neil Postman
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 1986
ISBN :
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 Book
Author : Lance Strate
Publisher : Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
Release : 2014
ISBN : 9781433119309
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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

Neil Postman Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death

Neil Postman   Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death Book
Author : Julia Schubert
Publisher : GRIN Verlag
Release : 2005-11-23
ISBN : 3638441776
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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] always emphasized, our sensorium” (Postman: 07/30/05)? Postman was aware of the fact that a new technology and therefore a new medium may have destructive as well as creative effects. During the history of mankind there have been tremendous changes in the forms, volume, speed and context of information and it is necessary to find out what these changes meant and mean to our cultures (Postman: 1985, 160). For him, it is a basic principle that “the clearest way to see through a culture is to attend to its tools for conversation” (Postman: 1985, 8). In the book “Amusing Ourselves to Death - Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” Postman examines, from a 1980s viewpoint, the changes in the American culture caused by the shift from the Age of Reason with the printed word at its center to the Age of Show Business with television as the central medium - or in simplifying terms the shift from rationality to triviality. Twenty years later, the situation has changed again. This term paper will make an attempt to answer the question what the new media, especially the internet, did to the modern (American) culture and to its public discourse. Obviously, Postman’s provocative title “Amusing Ourselves to Death” was just the beginning of a fast moving development since nowadays the modern media world seems to shape our lives under the title “Informing Ourselves to Death” (Postman: 07/30/05) or to use one of the latest terms “Infotaining Ourselves to Death”. ..First of all, the following chapters will examine the line of Postman’s argumentation which led to the conclusion that television has significantly transformed the American society into an amusement and entertainment culture. What has happened and what was the role of the media? Was this the beginning of a “Brave New World”? As a matter of fact, Postman ́s theories and statements are not to be taken as unreflected truth. Subsequently,some critical remarks are to be made from a 21 st -century viewpoint. [...]

The End of Education

The End of Education Book
Author : Neil Postman
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2011-06-01
ISBN : 0307797201
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

How to Watch TV News

How to Watch TV News Book
Author : Neil Postman,Steve Powers (Ph. D.)
Publisher : Penguin Paperbacks
Release : 2008
ISBN : 9780143113775
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Technopoly

Technopoly Book
Author : Neil Postman
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2011-06-01
ISBN : 9780307797353
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Saturday Night Live and Philosophy

Saturday Night Live and Philosophy Book
Author : N.A
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2020-01-28
ISBN : 1119538556
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 gives the show its razor-sharp wit and undeniable cultural and political significance. Our guest hosts raise some eyebrows with questions like: Is Weekend Update Fake News? Does SNL upset dominant paradigms or trap us in political bubbles? When it comes to SNL, how can we tell the difference between satire, smart-assery, and seriousness? Is the Ladies Man too stupid for moral responsibility? What is the benefit of jokes that cause outrage? The Church Lady has a bad case of moral superiority. How about you? What can Wayne and Garth teach us about living a happy life?

The Disappearance of Childhood

The Disappearance of Childhood Book
Author : Neil Postman
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2011-06-08
ISBN : 0307797228
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today−and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research, Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that childhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into poprular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Informative, alarming, and aphorisitc, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.