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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Paperback – December 27, 2005

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“I can’t think of a more prophetic, more thoughtful, more necessary – and yes, more entertaining – book about media culture.” –Victor Navasky, National Book Award-winning author of The Art of Controversy

“All I can say about Neil Postman’s brilliant Amusing Ourselves to Death is: Guilty As Charged.” –Matt Groening, Creator of The Simpsons

“As a fervent evangelist of the age of Hollywood, I publicly opposed Neil Postman’s dark picture of our media-saturated future. But time has proved Postman right. He accurately foresaw that the young would inherit a frantically all-consuming media culture of glitz, gossip, and greed.” –Camille Paglia

“A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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Neil Postman (1931–2003) was chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at New York University and founder of its Media Ecology program. He wrote more than twenty books.

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  • Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 014303653X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0143036531
  • Product Dimensions : 0.6 x 5.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Publisher : Penguin Books; Anniversary Edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: : English
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