Amused to Death is based on a book by Neil Postman, called "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business."
Television has conditioned us to tolerate visually entertaining material measured out in spoonfuls of time, to the detriment of rational discourse and reasoned public affairs. In this eloquent persuasive book, Neil Postman alerts us to the real and present dangers of this state of affairs, and offers compelling suggestions as to how to withstand the media onslaught. Before we hand over politics, education, religion, and journalism to the show-business demands of the television age, we must recognize the ways in which the media shape our lives and the ways we can, in turn, shape them to serve our hightest goals.
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I found it very informative and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the album. Just a word to the wise, this book is meant to be an argumentative essay on the effects of TV on American society....if you're not up to some thinking, don't buy this book. -- Uziel
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