A profound, polemical analysis of television. Postman understand what few do, namely, that the fundamental issue is not content -- is this show too violent? is that show educational? -- but the medium itself. His explorations into the educational and social ramifications of sitting before a box of ever-changing colors are consistently illuminating.
An Eighth Day View:
Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman's groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media--from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs--it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining controlof our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.