Dying from Amusement: Fantastic Book!

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April 22, 2016 by Isaac Hovet

This is still a great read!

Just Isaac


BOOK: Amusing Ourselves to Death
AUTHOR: Neil Postman

I don’t usually finish books. Most books have made their point by about 75% in. But, I came to the last page of this book and was disappointed. I love Postman’s writing style and his message was alarming and incredibly prescient. I wanted more good food for thought.

Although written in 1984, his insights are so helpful for today.

He writes with refreshing alacrity and wit. Using succinct but powerful illustrations, he efficiently argues that our society’s ability to engage with intelligent discourse is eroding because the medium of our communication has degenerated from propositions and expositions to contextless images and emotion laden story telling.

He hints throughout the book that the computer will accentuate this troubling demise. I wonder what book he would now write. No doubt Twitter, Facebook and presumptuous bloggers (ouch) have added a new dimension of deluded discourse. Not only do we…

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