Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 184
Release: 1986
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: PSU:000012455942
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Review:

Examines the effects of television culture on how we conduct our public affairs and how "entertainment values" corrupt the way we think.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2005-12-27
ISBN 10: 9780143036531
ISBN 13: 014303653X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Review:

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 read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN 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. “A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2005-12-27
ISBN 10: 014303653X
ISBN 13: 9780143036531
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Review:

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 read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN 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. “A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

Neil Postman Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death

Neil Postman   Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death
Author: Julia Schubert
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 26
Release: 2005-11-23
ISBN 10: 3638441776
ISBN 13: 9783638441773
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neil Postman Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death Book Review:

Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1, Martin Luther University (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Orality and Literacy, 17 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The central topics of the works of the writer, educator, communication theorist, social critic and cultural commentator Neil Postman have always been the media, their different forms of communication and their meanings to people, society and culture. Any of his books was built around the McLuhan-question: “Does the form of any medium of communication affect our social relations, our political ideas, or psychic habits, and of course, as he [Marshall McLuhan] always emphasized, our sensorium” (Postman: 07/30/05)? Postman was aware of the fact that a new technology and therefore a new medium may have destructive as well as creative effects. During the history of mankind there have been tremendous changes in the forms, volume, speed and context of information and it is necessary to find out what these changes meant and mean to our cultures (Postman: 1985, 160). For him, it is a basic principle that “the clearest way to see through a culture is to attend to its tools for conversation” (Postman: 1985, 8). In the book “Amusing Ourselves to Death - Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” Postman examines, from a 1980s viewpoint, the changes in the American culture caused by the shift from the Age of Reason with the printed word at its center to the Age of Show Business with television as the central medium - or in simplifying terms the shift from rationality to triviality. Twenty years later, the situation has changed again. This term paper will make an attempt to answer the question what the new media, especially the internet, did to the modern (American) culture and to its public discourse. Obviously, Postman’s provocative title “Amusing Ourselves to Death” was just the beginning of a fast moving development since nowadays the modern media world seems to shape our lives under the title “Informing Ourselves to Death” (Postman: 07/30/05) or to use one of the latest terms “Infotaining Ourselves to Death”. ..First of all, the following chapters will examine the line of Postman’s argumentation which led to the conclusion that television has significantly transformed the American society into an amusement and entertainment culture. What has happened and what was the role of the media? Was this the beginning of a “Brave New World”? As a matter of fact, Postman ́s theories and statements are not to be taken as unreflected truth. Subsequently,some critical remarks are to be made from a 21 st -century viewpoint. [...]

The Art of Controversy

The Art of Controversy
Author: Victor S Navasky
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-04-09
ISBN 10: 0307962148
ISBN 13: 9780307962140
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of Controversy Book Review:

A lavishly illustrated, witty, and original look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout history to enrage, provoke, and amuse. As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky knows just how transformative—and incendiary—cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created, including those by George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honoré Daumier, and Ralph Steadman. He recounts how cartoonists and caricaturists have been censored, threatened, incarcerated, and even murdered for their art, and asks what makes this art form, too often dismissed as trivial, so uniquely poised to affect our minds and our hearts. Drawing on his own encounters with would-be censors, interviews with cartoonists, and historical archives from cartoon museums across the globe, Navasky examines the political cartoon as both art and polemic over the centuries. We see afresh images most celebrated for their artistic merit (Picasso's Guernica, Goya's "Duendecitos"), images that provoked outrage (the 2008 Barry Blitt New Yorker cover, which depicted the Obamas as a Muslim and a Black Power militant fist-bumping in the Oval Office), and those that have dictated public discourse (Herblock’s defining portraits of McCarthyism, the Nazi periodical Der Stürmer’s anti-Semitic caricatures). Navasky ties together these and other superlative genre examples to reveal how political cartoons have been not only capturing the zeitgeist throughout history but shaping it as well—and how the most powerful cartoons retain the ability to shock, gall, and inspire long after their creation. Here Victor S. Navasky brilliantly illuminates the true power of one of our most enduringly vital forms of artistic expression.

Building a Bridge to the 18th Century

Building a Bridge to the 18th Century
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-06-08
ISBN 10: 0307797287
ISBN 13: 9780307797285
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Building a Bridge to the 18th Century Book Review:

At a time when we are reexamining our values, reeling from the pace of change, witnessing the clash between good instincts and "pragmatism," dealing with the angst of a new millennium, Neil Postman, one of our most distinguished observers of contemporary society, provides for us a source of guidance and inspiration. In Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century he revisits the Enlightenment, that great flowering of ideas that provided a humane direction for the future -- ideas that formed our nation and that we would do well to embrace anew. He turns our attention to Goethe, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Kant, Edward Gibbon, Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, Jefferson, and Franklin, and to their then-radical thinking about inductive science, religious and political freedom, popular education, rational commerce, the nation-state, progress, and happiness. Postman calls for a future connected to traditions that provide sane authority and meaningful purpose -- as opposed to an overreliance on technology and an increasing disregard for the lessons of history. And he argues passionately for specific new guidelines in the education of our children, with renewed emphasis on developing the intellect as successfully as we are developing a computer-driven world. Witty, provocative, and brilliantly reasoned, Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century is Neil Postman's most radical, and most commonsensical, book yet.

Amazing Ourselves to Death

Amazing Ourselves to Death
Author: Lance Strate
Publsiher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 9781433119309
ISBN 13: 1433119307
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amazing Ourselves to Death Book Review:

"Media, technology, culture, television, new media, media ecology, public discourse" --

The Death of Truth

The Death of Truth
Author: Michiko Kakutani
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-08-13
ISBN 10: 0525574832
ISBN 13: 9780525574835
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Death of Truth Book Review:

A Pulitzer Prize-winning critic takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to the gathering storm of fake news and presents a path forward for truth-challenged times.

Technopoly

Technopoly
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-06-01
ISBN 10: 030779735X
ISBN 13: 9780307797353
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Technopoly Book Review:

In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it—with radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, education, intelligence, and truth.

Conscientious Objections

Conscientious Objections
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-06-08
ISBN 10: 0307797317
ISBN 13: 9780307797315
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conscientious Objections Book Review:

In a series of feisty and ultimately hopeful essays, one of America's sharpest social critics casts a shrewd eye over contemporary culture to reveal the worst -- and the best -- of our habits of discourse, tendencies in education, and obsessions with technological novelty. Readers will find themselves rethinking many of their bedrock assumptions: Should education transmit culture or defend us against it? Is technological innovation progress or a peculiarly American addiction? When everyone watches the same television programs -- and television producers don't discriminate between the audiences for Sesame Street and Dynasty -- is childhood anything more than a sentimental concept? Writing in the traditions of Orwell and H.L. Mencken, Neil Postman sends shock waves of wit and critical intelligence through the cultural wasteland.

The End of Education

The End of Education
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-06-01
ISBN 10: 0307797201
ISBN 13: 9780307797209
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The End of Education Book Review:

In this comprehensive response to the education crisis, the author of Teaching as a Subversive Activity returns to the subject that established his reputation as one of our most insightful social critics. Postman presents useful models with which schools can restore a sense of purpose, tolerance, and a respect for learning.

Failure Is an Option

Failure Is an Option
Author: H. Jon Benjamin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-05-01
ISBN 10: 1524742171
ISBN 13: 9781524742171
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Failure Is an Option Book Review:

“Writing this funny requires immense talent.” —AV Club H. Jon Benjamin—the lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers—helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure. Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to his romantic life ("how I failed to quantify a threesome") to family ("wherein a trip to P.F. Chang's fractures a family") to career ("how I failed at launching a kid's show"). As Jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place . . . a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom. With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can't-do attitude, Failure Is an Option is the book the world doesn't need right now but will get regardless.

Everything Bad is Good for You

Everything Bad is Good for You
Author: Steven Johnson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2006-05-02
ISBN 10: 1101158018
ISBN 13: 9781101158012
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Everything Bad is Good for You Book Review:

From the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and Farsighted Forget everything you’ve ever read about the age of dumbed-down, instant-gratification culture. In this provocative, unfailingly intelligent, thoroughly researched, and surprisingly convincing big idea book, Steven Johnson draws from fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, and media theory to argue that the pop culture we soak in every day—from Lord of the Rings to Grand Theft Auto to The Simpsons—has been growing more sophisticated with each passing year, and, far from rotting our brains, is actually posing new cognitive challenges that are actually making our minds measurably sharper. After reading Everything Bad is Good for You, you will never regard the glow of the video game or television screen the same way again. With a new afterword by the author.

Entertaining Ourselves to Death

Entertaining Ourselves to Death
Author: Andrew Strom
Publsiher: Revival School
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2008-06
ISBN 10: 9780979907340
ISBN 13: 0979907349
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Entertaining Ourselves to Death Book Review:

Andrew Strom is an international author and speaker - as well as a bass guitarist with a long history of involvement in Christian music, video, promotion, recording, and Youth ministry. In this hard-hitting book he asks some very pointed questions about today's Christian music and Youth culture. For instance: When Christianity becomes just like the world is it still Christianity? When we feel we have to entertain and entertain in order to get people into our meetings, is Jesus still at the center? When we become desperate to be seen as "cool" or 'relevant' to the worldy culture all around us, does it affect the gospel we preach? When we feel we have to tone down the use of the word "Jesus" in our music or the word "sin" in our preaching, isn't this blatant compromise? And when our Christian Youth seem to care just as much about fashion, extreme sports, looking 'cool' and being entertained as the worldy kids around them, is it true Christianity at all? If you care about these issues and the answers to these questions, then you need to read this penetrating book.

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
Author: Jerry Mander
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-08-13
ISBN 10: 006231680X
ISBN 13: 9780062316806
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television Book Review:

A total departure from previous writing about television, this book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous—to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes—that TV ought to be eliminated forever. Weaving personal experiences through meticulous research, the author ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are "neutral," benign instruments that can be used well or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt. Speaking of TV reform is, in the words of the author, "as absurd as speaking of the reform of a technology such as guns."

Kubla Khan

Kubla Khan
Author: Samuel Coleridge
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 5
Release: 2015-12-15
ISBN 10: 1443442216
ISBN 13: 9781443442213
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kubla Khan Book Review:

Though left uncompleted, “Kubla Khan” is one of the most famous examples of Romantic era poetry. In it, Samuel Coleridge provides a stunning and detailed example of the power of the poet’s imagination through his whimsical description of Xanadu, the capital city of Kublai Khan’s empire. Samuel Coleridge penned “Kubla Khan” after waking up from an opium-induced dream in which he experienced and imagined the realities of the great Mongol ruler’s capital city. Coleridge began writing what he remembered of his dream immediately upon waking from it, and intended to write two to three hundred lines. However, Coleridge was interrupted soon after and, his memory of the dream dimming, was ultimately unable to complete the poem. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Crazy Talk Stupid Talk

Crazy Talk  Stupid Talk
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 269
Release: 1976
ISBN 10: 9780440015543
ISBN 13: 0440015545
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crazy Talk Stupid Talk Book Review:

A guide to recognizing and correcting or eradicating confused, inappropriate, and inarticulate speech and unreasonable or maliciously intended speech

The Soft Revolution

The Soft Revolution
Author: Neil Postman, Charles Weingartner
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1973
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9182736450XXX
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Firebird and the Fox

The Firebird and the Fox
Author: Jeffrey Brooks
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2019-09-30
ISBN 10: 1108484468
ISBN 13: 9781108484466
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Firebird and the Fox Book Review:

A century of Russian artistic genius, including literature, art, music and dance, within the dynamic cultural ecosystem that shaped it.

Common Sense

Common Sense
Author: Thomas Paine
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 98
Release: 2020-02
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798607876166
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Common Sense Book Review:

Common Sense is the timeless classic that inspired the Thirteen Colonies to fight for and declare their independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. Written by famed political theorist Thomas Paine, this pamphlet boldly challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy to rule over the American colonists. By using plain language and a reasoned style, Paine chose to forego the philosophical and Latin references made popular by the Enlightenment era writers. As a result, Paine united average citizens and political leaders behind the central idea of independence and transformed the tenor of the colonists' argument against the British. As the best-selling American title of all time, Common Sense has been eloquently described by historian Gordon S. Wood as "the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era." Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, and revolutionary. As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution and inspired the colonists to declare independence from Great Britain in 1776. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights and the separation of church and state. He has been called a corset-maker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination.