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Amusing Ourselves to Death

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Great discussion on Thursday, folks. In particular, just getting started on the never-ending question of: give readers/audiences what they NEED or what they WANT?

A noted work on one side of this topic is a 1985 book by Neil Postman called Amusing Ourselves to Death. Here is the first graf from the wikipedia entry, which captures some of the book’s essence:

The book originated with Postman’s delivering a talk to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1984. He was participating in a panel on Orwell’s 1984and the contemporary world. In the introduction to his book Postman said that reality was reflected more by Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World where the public was oppressed by pleasure than Orwell’s 1984 where they were oppressed by pain. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amusing_Ourselves_to_Death)

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