Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

By Neil Postman; Andrew Postman (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143036531, 184pp.

Publication Date: December 2005

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.

About the Author
Neil Postman was chairman of the department of communication arts at New York University. He passed away in 2003. Steve Powers is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than forty-five years experience in broadcast news.

Andrew Postman is the author of four books. He writes often about sports. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and sons.