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Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited (A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory) [Paperback]

Lance Strate

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28 Feb 2014 1433119307 978-1433119309 1
Neil Postman's most popular work, Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), provided an insightful critique of the effects of television on public discourse in America, arguing that television's bias towards entertaining content trivializes serious issues and undermines the basis of democratic culture. Lance Strate, who earned his doctorate under Neil Postman and is one of the leading media ecology scholars of our time, re-examines Postman's arguments, updating his analysis and critique for the twenty-first-century media environment that includes the expansion of television programming via cable and satellite as well as the Internet, the web, social media, and mobile technologies. Integrating Postman's arguments about television with his critique of technology in general, Strate considers the current state of journalism, politics, religion, and education in American culture. Strate also contextualizes Amusing Ourselves to Death through an examination of Postman's life and career and the field of media ecology that Postman introduced. This is a book about our prospects for the future, which can only be based on the ways in which we think and talk about the present.

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc; 1 edition (28 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433119307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433119309
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,407,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death is brought into the classroom, or given as a gift, or handed from one reader to another, a problem is created: into what frame should we place this book? For that's how unique it is. Lance Strate has solved that problem by writing a graceful and learned companion to Postman's original. It doubles as a biographical sketch of a great man and his intellectual times. It is also an act of love. And if you love the book it's about, you will be grateful for Strate's Amazing Ourselves to Death. I am. And I highly recommend it. (Jay Rosen, Professor of Journalism, New York University) Lance Strate masterfully brings to a new generation, and a new century, Neil Postman's enligh-tening and essential insights into the ways that our uses of media reflect and reshape our society. He further shows how we can reclaim control, so we can use the ever-evolving media rather than letting them use us. (Deborah Tannen, University Professor and Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University)

About the Author

Lance Strate studied with Neil Postman at New York University, where he earned his Ph.D., and is currently Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. The author of Echoes and Reflections and On the Binding Biases of Time, he is a recipient of the Media Ecology Association's Walter Ong Award for Career Achievement in Scholarship.

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5.0 out of 5 stars will be a classic 2 May 2014
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A highly intelligent, lucidly reasoned and written assessment of Neil Postman's work. Postman died on the doorstep of the social media age, and Strate's book brings Postman's thinking to bear on the media world now burgeoning around us. Well-balanced, clear, supported by copious pertinent references, Amazing Ourselves to Death will be the book that I'll point to when people ask me where they can learn more about Neil Postman.
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