Amusing Ourselves to Death

by Neil Postman

Book Reviews

  • Thirty years ago, television addiction was the current thing. We were to be a nation of passive couch potato drones. People still watch a ton of television, yet it is no longer the current thing. Curious! to Tweet
  • Sources and book recommendations: ∙ "Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman ∙ "Brave New World, Revisited" by Aldous Huxley ∙ "McLuhan Misunderstood" by Robert Logan ∙ "Human as Media" by Andrey Miroshnichenko to Tweet
  • Book 6 Lesson: Since the introduction of the telegraph, electronic media has pushed our discourse toward irrelevance, impotence, and incoherence by transforming important elements of our culture into entertainment products to Tweet
  • This is an outstanding paragraph. Written in the 1980s! Source: a book called “Amusing Ourselves to Death” to Tweet
  • “What the advertiser needs to know is not what is right about the product but what is wrong about the buyer.” -Neil Postman from Amusing Ourselves to Death this is our next book for the Re-Kindled podcast & it's scary good to Tweet
  • @TheStalwart I'm in the middle of this book on the modern evolution of media and it's good. to Tweet
  • @dsimposters Hard to pick. Today I'm going to say This is Marketing, Amusing Ourselves to Death, and In the First Circle.Link to Tweet
  • @vboykis Amusing Ourselves to Death (Neil Postman, 1985) and This is Marketing (Seth Godin, 2018) were the two books that impacted me the most in 2018.Link to Tweet
  • @briansugar @acinader @rabois @patrickc @collision @naval Not to jump on this thread, but: +1 to Conspiracy, and add: - The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better by @tylercowen. - Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil PostmanLink to Tweet