Amusing Ourselves to DeathAmusing Ourselves to Death
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Amusing Ourselves to Death

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Neil Postman

Television gave birth to show business. Education, politics, and religion have all become entertainment through social media. But unfortunately, we risk becoming a Huxleyan dystopia without considering how television affects our outlook and cognition.

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In Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), the author examines television's destructive effect on public discourse. Throughout the last two centuries, the United States has evolved from being defined by the written word to being defined by banality and television.

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Television gave birth to show business. Education, politics, and religion have all become entertainment through social media. But unfortunately, we risk becoming a Huxleyan dystopia without considering how television affects our outlook and cognition.

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Our views on truth changed in accordance with the evolution of communication.

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During the 19th century, America was driven by print media.

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The development of photography and telegraphy paved the way for show business.

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Public discourse transforms into entertainment on television.

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Religion and politics are transformed into show business through television.

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