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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
By Jeff Riggenbach (narrator) and Neil Postman
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Blackstone Audio Inc
Publication date October 20, 2010
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Mp3 una
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781441767387
ISBN-10 144176738X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.20 lbs.
Original list price $19.95
Other format details audio
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television. And because television is a visual medium, whose images are most pleasurably apprehended when they are fast-moving and dynamic, discourse on television has little tolerance for argument, hypothesis, or explanation. Postman argues that public discourse--the advancing of arguments in logical order for the public good, once a hallmark of American culture--is being converted from exposition and explanation to entertainment.

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
Book cover for 9780140094381 Book cover for 9780143036531
 
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.
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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: In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think.
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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