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Daniel

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  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Postman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

    Lonnie says: "Incredible"
    "When TV was king..."
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    This book is a landmark for postmodernists everywhere!
    I am currently studying this book for college level english composition and I have to say that this is a tough audio "read."
    Neil Postman asserts that the television is causing our culture to evolve into that of a trivial nation. His book is far too small to cover every aspect of this argument, but the areas that he covers he leaves little doubt that the TV is causing us to care more about amusement than real topics and issues.
    This is by no means Postman's only book on the topic. I would consider this a very good book, but in some ways it's merely a companion to his others.
    This book has the tendency to persued a reader that the television is causing damage to our intellect, but I doubt that this reaction will remain constant as the internet, digital recorders, video on demand and the like become more prevelant. In many ways, listening to this book on tape rather than reading the paperback is sacrelige.
    I highly recommend this book, and I highly recommend taking it with a grain of salt; myself I let my toddler watch Seasame Street still.

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