Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited (A Critical Introduction to Media and Communication Theory)
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.
- Building Bridges or Burning Them?: Revisiting Neil Postman's Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century, by Meredith Carroll. 9/20/14. Hastac.org.
- Guest Writer Andrew Postman: Introduction to the 20th Anniversary Edition of Amusing Ourselves to Death by His Dad, Neil Postman
Pressthink January 20, 2006.
- A Tribute to Neil Postman
by Rob Mercer Schuchhardt. The New Pantagruel Winter 2004.
- Neil Postman: Defender of the Word
by Lance Strate. ETC 2004. [PDF format]
- Neil Postman: A civilized man in a century of barbarism by Jay Rosen. Salon.com. Oct. 10, 2003. [subscription required].
- Profile: Neil Postman
from "Nine Pioneers of Mental Environmentalism" Adbusters Nov/Dec. 2001.
- Neil Postman is no Progressive
by Jay Walljasper. Conscious Choice, January 2000.
- Neil Postman's Criticisms of the Television Medium
by Jonathan Goldstein. Student @ University of Wales.
- ETC: 1994 - Post(Modern) Man, or Neil Postman As A Postmodernist
by Lance Strate. Originally presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association in Miami Beach, FL, Nov. 18-21, 1993, as part of a program entitled "Communication, Education, and Culture: Perspectives on the Scholarly Activity of Neil Postman." [PDF format]
- "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Aldous Huxley vs. George Orwell", Postman's words illustrated by Stuart McMillen. (www.recombinantrecords.net)