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Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited

Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited

by Lance StrateLance Strate


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Neil Postman’s most popular work, Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), provided an insightful critique of the effects of television on public discourse in America, arguing that television’s bias towards entertaining content trivializes serious issues and undermines the basis of democratic culture. Lance Strate, who earned his doctorate under Neil Postman and is one of the leading media ecology scholars of our time, re-examines Postman’s arguments, updating his analysis and critique for the twenty-first-century media environment that includes the expansion of television programming via cable and satellite as well as the Internet, the web, social media, and mobile technologies.
Integrating Postman’s arguments about television with his critique of technology in general, Strate considers the current state of journalism, politics, religion, and education in American culture. Strate also contextualizes Amusing Ourselves to Death through an examination of Postman’s life and career and the field of media ecology that Postman introduced. This is a book about our prospects for the future, which can only be based on the ways in which we think and talk about the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433119309
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Series: A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory Series , #10
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Lance Strate studied with Neil Postman at New York University, where he earned his Ph.D., and is currently Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. The author of Echoes and Reflections and On the Binding Biases of Time, he is a recipient of the Media Ecology Association's Walter Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Part 1

Chapter 1 Fatal Amusements 3

Chapter 2 Building a Bridge to Neil Postman 15

Chapter 3 Media Ecology as a Scholarly Activity 43

Chapter 4 The Evolving American Media Environment 59

Part 2

Chapter 5 Breaking the News 85

Chapter 6 The Tribe Has Spoken 101

Chapter 7 Neon Gods 113

Chapter 8 Grand Theft Education 125

Chapter 9 The Tempest 135

References 147

Index 157

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