Neil Postman 1931-2003

Neil Postman Biographical Entry.

Collected Obits / Reflections on Neil Postman's Passing

Books by Neil Postman

Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century: How The Past Can Improve Our Future. October, 1999.

From the Publisher: In Building a Bridge to the 18th Century, acclaimed cultural critic Neil Postman offers a cure for the hysteria and hazy values of the postmodern world.

Postman shows us how to reclaim that balance between mind and machine in a dazzling celebration of the accomplishments of the Enlightenment-from Jefferson's representative democracy to Locke's deductive reasoning to Rousseau's demand that the care and edification of children be considered an investment in our collective future. Here, too, is the bold assertion that Truth is invulnerable to fashion or the passing of time. Provocative and brilliantly argued, Building a Bridge to the 18th Century illuminates a navigable path through the Information Age-a byway whose signposts, it turns out, were there all along.


The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School. November, 1986.

From the Publisher: Postman suggests that the current crisis in our educational system derives from its failure to supply students with a translucent, unifying "narrative" like those that inspired earlier generations. Instead, today's schools promote the false "gods" of economic utility, consumerism, or ethnic separatism and resentment. What alternative strategies can we use to instill our children with a sense of global citizenship, healthy intellectual skepticism, respect of America's traditions, and appreciation of its diversity? In answering this question, The End of Education restores meaning and common sense to the arena in which they are most urgently needed.


  • Review by Elizabeth Murphy. 1996.
  • Review by Ellen Rose. Journal of Technology Education Volume 8, Number 1 - Fall 1996.
  • Review by Erik Lundegaard. The Seattle Times September 1995.
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. April, 1993.

From the Publisher: In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it--with radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, education, intelligence, and truth.


  • Review by Anthony Hempell. Critical Mass July 1995.
  • Review by Elizabeth Murphy. 1996.
How To Watch TV News. September, 1992.

From the Publisher: America is suffering from an information glut, and most Americans are no longer clear about what news is worth remembering or how any of it connects to anything else. Thus Americans are rapidly becoming the least knowledgeable people in the industrial world. For anyone who wants to control—not by controlled by—the powerful influence of television, How to Watch TV News shows you how to become a discerning viewer.
Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology, and Education . March 1992.

Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness. November, 1986.

From the Publisher: 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.

The Disappearance of Childhood. August 1982.


  • Review by Chere DiValerio. University Of Oregon.
Teaching As A Subversive Activity. September 1971.


  • Review by Robin Martin. Jan. 29, 1998.

Collected Articles About Neil Postman

Articles, Essays and Addresses by Neil Postman

Articles in ETC

Interviews with Neil Postman