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Amusing Ourselves to Death

Summary: In the book "Amusing ourselves to Death: A Public Discourse on American Society", Neil Postman argues that by primarily using television in order for our culture to know about itself, we are excluding are other means communication and transfer of information. Radio, newspapers, and magazines have become secondary sources of information.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, when I first was informed of the attacks on the World Trade Centers, I immediately located the nearest television for more details. "Television is our culture's principal mode of knowing about itself." This quote by Neil Postman explained the reason for my reaction, and at the same time, proved his notion true. Ever since the invention of the television, this concept has been true, and will, in the future, become our primary source of information.

In the idea that television has become the main source of our culture knowing about itself, Postman means several things. His main proposal is that television has become the basis of anything and everything that is happening in current times. While many believe there are certain programs meant to educate, and certain ones to entertain. Postman argues that these are one in the same. Certainly, some programs may...

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