Neil Postman, Talking About Amusing Ourselves to Death

Image result for neil postman“We must look to Las Vegas, Nevada, as a metaphor of our national character and aspiration, its symbol a thirty-foot high cardboard picture of a slot machine and a chorus girl. For Las Vegas is entirely devoted to the idea of entertainment, and as such proclaims the spirit of a culture in which all public discourse increasingly takes the form of entertainment. Our politics, religious, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts of show business. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death.” (Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, pgs. 3-4)

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