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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Neil Postman , Andrew Postman
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27. Dezember 2005

Originally 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 prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of  entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining controlof our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.


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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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Neil Postman (1931–2003) was chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at New York University and founder of its Media Ecology program. He wrote more than twenty books.

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For anyone interested in exploring the meaning of the rapid eclipse of ordinary reality and how it is being changed and altered by the rise of the electronic media, this book is very important. From the introduction and Postman's tongue-in-cheek comments about the novel 1984, his observations regarding the cogency of British author Aldous Huxley's technotronic nightmare vision in "Brave New World" through out the book right up to its conclusion, Postman binds your interest by illustrating and documenting how the rise of the elecrtonic media and its manipulation of what you see in way of news and entertainment has inexorably changed the meanings,purposes and ultimate uses of politics, economics, and technology. As Huxley himslef warned, totalitarian societies need not arise through violent overthrow of the democracies using brutality, cruelty and violence, but can also occur whenever the citizenry is successfully deluded into apathy by petty diversions and entertainments, as well. Postman shows how the electronic media's presentation of facts and fcition in an entertaining fashion diverts us, channeling our attention, money, and energies in ways that make us much more susceptible to social, political and economic manipulation and eventual subjugation. The book is a bit difficult to read at points, but well worth a sustained effort and a little concentration. For any citizen concerned about how the media is rapidly changing the rules of political, social, and economic engagement, and what it portends for the future, this book is a must read. And follow it up with Postman's book "Technopoly", which picks up where this book leaves off.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Man's Mistaken Identity 5. Januar 2000
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Neil Postman's book 'Amusing Ourselves To Death' is an excellent look at the world today (more accurately in 1985). He explains that there is no need to fear George Orwell's vision of 1984, but rather to fear an older title of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. One which takes away freedom, the latter giving you all the freedom you want. Funny and witty, Postman gives a top rate analysis of the current media (second to McLuhan). I dont see this book as a prediction of any sort, but rather observing the direction the media of print and television is headed. Television has been given so much authority that it does not matter whats on it, so much that its on. Postman declares that television has the power to do away with books by the sheer hypnotic power that television has over print. And this, by being in a trance and reclining in our sofas to and forgetting about the world (and what the GOVT is doing) is just as fatal as the government getting involved in every aspect of our lives. This book is a nice read with some profoundness to it which will change your perspective on 1984, television and the way you live.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb book, but slightly outdated 4. Januar 2000
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This is simply a superb book, a real "classic" in its field. The author's logic and his data are absolutely overwhelming. The only possible flaw is that it is based on data 2 decades old. For a current update on the data and research in this field I would also strongly recommend Grossman & DeGaetano's "Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill," which has the added benefit of addressing the impact of the new violent video games, and incorporating some interesting military data.
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Like a previous reviewer, I've been skeptical about the effects of commercial television, radio, music, magz, etc on me for some time. If you feel manipulated by the pro-consumerist propaganda satiating our airwaves, but can't break your addiction to the entertainment, this title is for you. It helped me to develop a more accurate understanding of the effects of popular TV/Radio/Magz on my conciousness.
Postman succinctly reasons why mass media can be harmful to your health. He delves into the psychology behind the commercials and the bias of mediums, specifically typography vs, television. The short book(160+ pgs Penguin paperback) took me several months to finish because of its plethora of meticulously crafted ideas - many leaving behind mushroom clouds in my mind.
After reading this book, I decided to pick up Huxley's "Brave New World". If you haven't read it, check it out. Mustapha Mond would definitely have kept "Amusing Ourselves to Death" in his safe! And I'm not sure if TV/Radio etc is the "soma" or the "hypnopaedic conditioning" - or both. But, you definitely don't have to look 600 years into the future to see some traces of the issues he raises, such as mass media's homogenizing effect on society. Are we being Bokanovskified? Postman has hereby penned a survivors manual - coincidentally released in 1984, yet eschewing Orwell's prophecy in favor of Huxley's vision.
I hope that in a subsequent edition Postman addresses the epistimology of the burgeoning internet and its world wide web that may someday esnare us all just like TV.
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This book is not the easiest to read. Its ideas are fascinating, but the vocabulary can be a bit challenging at times. This book was required reading for an English class, and the discussions that stemmed from it were incredible. Postman address everything from politics to religion to education. This is a very interesting book, and it really makes you think about some of the things you do every single day.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Postman set to music
I buy into the Postman thesis and find the general lack of media literacy in contemporary society a little scary. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von Tagishsimon
2.0 von 5 Sternen An onslaught of pessimism
What starts out as thought-provoking quickly becomes annoying. Postman certainly is well-versed in U.S. history. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Januar 2000 von E. R. Costello
1.0 von 5 Sternen these predictions FAILED miserably!
Postman posits that people will come to " "adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think." Hmm...I wonder what he'd say about amazon. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. Dezember 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Can We Stop The Madness?
This book explores in great detail the problem our youth faces with the ongoing infiltration of television into our society. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Dezember 1999 von Tom
4.0 von 5 Sternen A great book on mass media
This book is a great learning tool for anyone studing mass media,as long as the reader can separate the facts from Postman's opinion. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Dezember 1999 von Laura A. Steves
5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb!
This book was required reading for a college course I took, Technology & Human Values. I wasn't too thrilled about having to read it at first because we were required to write... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Eye Opening
Amusing ourselves to death should be required reading for every college student. It is a stimulating,eye opening book with tremendous insight of where we are and where we are... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. Juni 1999 von Gerald J. Gambale
2.0 von 5 Sternen Postman hates television
Postman is anti-television. Its not necessarily a bad thing -- Just be aware of that when you read the book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Technology Changing America
Great book, certainly sparked many a discussion at the dinner table. Many of us don't realize how the media and television influence our lives. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Dezember 1998 von Jason3an@aol.com
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