Amusing Ourselves to Death
by Neil Postman
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! https://t.co/F6B0TaQReK https://t.co/2bBl8XicUbLink 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 https://t.co/2eckjND2qFLink to Tweet Book 6
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 https://t.co/jda0oD9PP5Link to Tweet This is an outstanding paragraph. Written in the 1980s!
Source: a book called “Amusing Ourselves to Death” https://t.co/jhaZsDZkGULink 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
https://t.co/ZIAOfLMgUlLink to Tweet @TheStalwart I'm in the middle of this book on the modern evolution of media and it's good. https://t.co/ckthUtPE7ALink 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
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