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Abusing Ourselves To Death

I’ve just finished re-reading Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves To Death.” Published in 1985, the book quickly became one of the most famous and influential pieces of media criticism of all time, second only to Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage. Postman’s thesis is simple: The age of television, and in particular television news, had obliterated our attention spans and turned information into entertainment.
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