Amusing Ourselves To Death Chapter 1 Summary

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2. According to Amusing Ourselves to Death, “Toward the end of the nineteenth century, for reasons I am most anxious to explain, the Age of Exposition began to pass, and the early signs of its replacement could be discerned. Its replacement was to be the Age of Show Business” (Postman, Chapter 4 Page # 63 ,). Today as we have entered into that age with the Internet it can grab attention because it is entertaining and overloading the public with information so they will be involved. However, we are choosing sound bytes or entertainment over “actual knowledge” and forgetting it quickly and on to the next big story. This is the “now this” effect that Postman discussed, “ of course, in television’s presentation of the “news of the day,” we may …show more content…

The effect of TV and internet on society is TV is a way of knowing that is hostile on our way of thought, our conversations we have are by the trivial nature, TV/internet only speaks in a trivial voice it is to entertain us or the answer to an instant questions which we will soon forget. As Postman states, “Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas’ they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials. For the message of television as metaphor is not only that all the world is a stage but that the stage is located in Las Vegas, Nevada”(Postman, …show more content…

And most important of all, there is no subject of public interest- politics, news, education, religion, and science, sports that does not find its way to television. Which means that all public understanding of these subjects is shaped by the biases of television” (Postman, 2005). According to Salon, Postman shared the idea with Mcluhan that “technology is not neutral” he said now our truth moves with our technology advancements. Postman was not just worried about the way we use our technology but how our technology is using us. Postman made clear where his values were: “Some ways of truth-telling are better than others, and therefore have a healthier influence on the cultures that adopt them.” What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one” (Salon). As Postman states, “Tyrants of all varieties have always known about the value of providing the masses with amusements as a means of pacifying discontent. But most of them could not have even hoped for a situation in which the masses would ignore that which does not amuse. That is why tyrants have always relied, and still do, on censorship. Censorship, after all, is the tribute tyrants pay to the assumption that a public knows the difference between serious discourse and entertainments and cares. Huxley feared

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