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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse…

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (original 1985; udgave 2005)

af Neil Postman (Forfatter)

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Titel:Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Forfattere:Neil Postman (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Books (2005), Edition: Anniversary, 208 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Nøgleord:Philosophy, Culture, To Read, Technology

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Fagre nye TV-verden af Neil Postman (1985)

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    Fagre nye verden af Aldous Huxley (jstamp26)
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    Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another af Matt Taibbi (themulhern)
    themulhern: Neil Postman's book is so much better, but Matt Taibibi's is so much more recent. Neil Postman is more interesting, more educated, and avoids the wierd cheap shots and obscenities directed at person's I've never heard of that Matt Taibibi enjoys. I guess Taibibi's is worth it for the supporting facts, which apparently he has the inside scoop on.… (mere)
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    Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America af Scott Adams (themulhern)
    themulhern: There is a surprising amount of overlap between the views of the news that both books have.
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    Anathem af Neal Stephenson (themulhern)
    themulhern: Stephenson himself remarked that Anathem was a book about how people don't read books anymore. Moreover, there is a delightfully satirical sequence in which the characters are discussing serious things over food at a rest stop, and the narrator is repeatedly distracted by images on the speelies that are incoherent yet commanding. Later, the protagonist realizes that one of these images was relevant, and there is another bit of satire.… (mere)
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    The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom af Yochai Benkler (chiudrele)
    chiudrele: Explains how today's world of internet is different from the old world of television. Society is not merely consuming information and culture, it can also participate in creation of it.

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This book was written in 198 bemoaning the lack of intelligent discourse in society. Neil Postman lays the blame on television. If he were alive today he would lay the blame on the internet; specifically the 'social' media aspects. It is a cautionary tale when it was published and was sadly ignored.
  BobVTReader | Nov 13, 2021 |
And why didn't I read this in graduate school? This is a brilliant, almost prophetic, study of the death of discourse. Thoughtful, academic, and worth your time. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Postman brings a tremendous amount of insight and awareness to how technology has shaped us at a human level. I wish he were still alive to share his take on the technological trends of today. Much of what he says, though extremely pertinent then, is even more applicable now. ( )
1 stem joshcrouse3 | Sep 17, 2021 |
It's half brilliant and prescient, and half naively idealistic and curmudgeonly. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
A very interesting read. It amazes me that it is still relevant almost 30 years after it was written. ( )
  HLWard94 | Jul 7, 2021 |
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The dismal message of this landmark book is that, while we've kept our eye out for Orwell's world all along, we have smoothly moved into living in Huxley's. Through our own compliance, our implicit assent, and our endless desire to be entertained, we have allowed the television to behave as our soma and let happen unto us what, were it made an explicit part of the social contract, we would never have accepted. Orwell was a cartoon, while Huxley is our reality—and we don't even know it.
A lucid and very funny jeremiad about how public discourse has been degraded.
tilføjet af ArrowStead | RedigerMother Jones
He starts where Marshall McLuhan left off, constructing his arguments with the resources of a scholar and the wit of a raconteur.
tilføjet af ArrowStead | RedigerChristian Science Monitor
A brilliant, powerful and important book...This is a brutal indictment Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.
tilføjet af ArrowStead | RedigerWashington Post Book World, Jonathan Yardley
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