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

    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
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    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.

    chaoticmuse says: "Excellent Content Read at Warp Speed"
  • Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology | Neil Postman

    Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Postman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, Postman chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it. According to Postman, technology is rapidly gaining sovereignty over social institutions and national life to become self-justifying, self-perpetuating, and omnipresent. He warns that this will have radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, religion, family, education, and more.

    D. Cassidy says: "Error in recording"
  • How to Watch TV News | Neil Postman,Steve Powers

    How to Watch TV News

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neil Postman, Steve Powers
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    America is suffering from an information glut. Most Americans are no longer clear about what news is worth remembering or how any of it connects to anything else. Thus, Americans are rapidly becoming the least knowledgeable people in the industrial world. Author and academic Neil Postman and television journalist Steve Powers tell you how to become a discerning viewer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Fair warning for TV watchers"
  • The Disappearance of Childhood | Neil Postman

    The Disappearance of Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Neil Postman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    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 research, Neil Postman suggests that childhood is a recent invention. But now the division between child and adult is eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into entertainment and pitches news and advertising at the intellectual level of 10-year-olds.

    Jane Ord says: "Thoughtful and perceptive"
  • Science and Technology

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    • By Neil Postman, Jane Metcalfe, Howard Rheingold, and others
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    Technology has a powerful capacity to affect the way we perceive the world and how it works. The authors and scientists in these interviews share their thoughts on computer-assisted communications technologies and the increasing capability of scientific technology to affect the world for good or ill. They also discuss the influence of cyberspace, virtual reality, and intelligent design. The interviewees include Neil Postman, Jane Metcalfe, Howard Rheingold, Mark Slouka, Andrew Kimbrell, Doug Groothius, Dean Kenyon, Philip Johnson, and Michael Behe.

    Client Amazon says: "stealth propaganda for intelligent design!"
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