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Amusing Ourselves to Death

Summary: During the 1980s Neil Postman wrote in his book Amusing Ourselves to Death that "Television is our culture's principal mode of knowing about itself." With the increase in television viewers nationwide, particularly with the use of television over radio, newspapers, and magazines as the preferred source of information, Postman's statement rings true today more than ever. Although the Internet and other technological breakthroughs are currently on the heels of television, Postman's statement will become only more accurate over time.
On the morning of December 15th, 2003, when I first was informed of the capture of Saddam Hussein, 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 inform...

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