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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date December 27, 2005
Pages 184
Binding Paperback
Edition 20 anv
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780143036531
ISBN-10 014303653X
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge, in a special anniversary edition of the classic critique of the influence of the mass media on a democratic society. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780670804542
 
from Viking Pr (November 1, 1985)
9780670804542 | details & prices | List price $15.95
About: Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge
Paperback
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20 anv edition from Penguin USA (December 27, 2005)
9780143036531 | details & prices | 184 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge, in a special anniversary edition of the classic critique of the influence of the mass media on a democratic society.
from Viking Pr (November 1, 1986)
9780140094381 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $14.00
About: Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781441767363 Book cover for 9781441767387
 
With Jeff Riggenbach (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (October 20, 2010)
9781441767363 | details & prices | 6.75 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $49.00
About: Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation, and knowledge.
With Jeff Riggenbach (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (October 20, 2010)
9781441767387 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation, and knowledge.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780786104604
 
With Jeff Riggenbach (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (April 1, 1994)
9780786104604 | details & prices | 7.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $32.95
About: Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation, and knowledge.

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