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Neil Postman talks about television and computers.

Neil Postman was an American author, educator, media theorist and cultural critic, who is best known for his twenty books, including Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), Conscientious Objections (1988), Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992), The Disappearance of Childhood (1994) and The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School (1995).

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  • Bunny January 24, 2020, 10:08 AM

    Hi, my name is Bunny, and I’m a cyberholic. If it’s done on a Kindle, it’s just reading, right?

  • Auntie Analogue January 24, 2020, 12:03 PM

    Some years ago I read Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death and I found its theses to be uncommonly accurate and valid, and, with respect to the computer revolution whose full effect Postman would not live to see yet based only on his insights into television’s nefarious consequences, astonishingly prescient.

  • Casey Klahn January 25, 2020, 8:01 AM

    I distinctly recall, at age 17-18, going off to basic training and infantry advance training, for 3.5 hot summer months. Returning home, I found that the whole experience of TV and movies was so stupid to me. The same was true in later years on short expedition climbs.

    Now, I watch with fond memories videos of those things, and I even see GoPro vids of almost every mountain I climbed in the NW.

    Next, you’ll find my head on a table, in a jar, with a microphone and a panel of servers. bleeeep.

  • Tom Hyland January 25, 2020, 8:32 AM

    Was there somebody saying something in this film clip? Why do video producers crank up the background noise to such a level that there is no way to understand what the narrator is saying? Do they think they’re making something cool and edgy? No, they are making something flawed, something that has failed because nobody could hear WTF was being said.

  • Dex Quire January 26, 2020, 10:11 AM

    Dig out a copy of Harper’s magazine from ’91 or ’92 and find a great piece where Postman and Camille Paglia talk …. very good, memorable …