Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Amusing Ourselves to Death

How to define our current condition... over the past two years in this blog, I've suggested the puppet master is pulling the strings and creating a population that spends it's time more concerned with American Idol than that which really matters.

Neil Postman's book - Amusing Ourselves to Death - does an amazing job of expanding and clarifying this issue. And this video does a nice job of summarizing his argument.

A number of books I've been thinking about lately are relevant to this topic:






It's interesting when you start thinking about an issue that you often find others thinking along the same lines... click here for a very good (not only because it brings my hero Joe Bageant into the conversation)piece on the subject.

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