Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
- Publish Date: 2005-12-27
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Neil Postman
What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's 1984, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever.
It's unlikely that Trump has ever readÂ Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.â -CNN
Originally published in 1985, Neil Postmanâs 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 mediaâfrom the Internet to cell phones to DVDsâit 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 ofÂ entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.
âA brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.â âJonathan Yardley,Â The Washington Post Book World