Amusing ourselves to death: public discourse in the age of showbiz NEIL POSTMAN

  • May 29, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Toronto Reference Library

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 control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.

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  • Naveen

    Though It's been a while since I last attended a review, it's still an awesome experience and a great group........good to see familiar faces and some new ones. I really enjoyed the discussion and it led some changes in my opinions (always a good thing) about the author and book. Also, my thanks to Marg and John for making me aware of the Turninitin plagiarism checking software. I guess I'm going to have to struggle with original thought again. : )

    May 30

  • KJH

    Good discussion. I like the format as well, with the questions for discussion and mediator.

    May 30

  • Joel but you can call me J.

    Thanks as always for organizing this.

    May 29

  • Judith L.

    Very stimulating discussion among a diverse and intelligent group.

    May 29

  • Joel but you can call me J.

    Sounds like a great book for the times.

    I hope to be able to make it.

    May 28

  • Laurie

    I'm sorry that I'll miss the discussion but I'll be in South Carolina for a family celebration.

    May 25

  • RK

    I enjoyed reading the book and it made me wonder what POPULAR political discourse was actually like during the age of typography. This TED talk presents another take: http://www.ted.com/talks/james_flynn_why_our_iq_levels_are_higher_than_our_grandparents

    May 23

  • Ivor D.

    Dragged out my old copy of Postman's 'Amusing Ourselves............' to refresh. Reading the cover comment note, part, "The very logic of democracy is unwittingly undermined by citizens whose opinions are formed by telegenic celebrities, public surveys, and the flawed concept of knowledge as entertainment." I would change the last lines to read FLAWED CONCEPT OF ENTERTAINMENT AS KNOWLEDGE. Which would agree with what I see of my grandchildren. Even, to a certain extent, my sons at 60 and 55.

    Well reviewed on issue (1985), seemed to agree with my thinking and observations at that time. Enjoy, Menippus

    1 · March 27

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    A former member

    Do we have to reserve a ticket?

    March 27

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