About the Suggestion

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman, nominated by Alec Hosterman, Faculty, Communications

"From the back cover:

"Television has habituated us to visual entertainment measured out in spoonfuls of time. But what happens when we come to expect the same things from our politics and public discourse? What happens to journalism, education, and religion when they too become forms of show business?"

Given society's proclivity towards making political campaigns public spectacles carried out in all forms media, Postman's insight might help create a campus of discourse about the upcoming political year."


Sproule, J. Michael. "AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH (Book)." Quarterly Journal Of Speech 73.1 (1987): 121. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. (requires IUSB login off-campus)

Fry, Donald L., and Virginia H. Fry. "Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business." Journal Of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 30.3 (1986): 357-359. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. (requires IUSB login off-campus)

Related Media

The Open Mind: Are we Amusing Ourselves to Death? : Author appears on 12/14/1985 edition of PBS program Open Mind (approx 28 minutes)

C-Span: The Life and Career of Neil Postman (approx 1 hour)

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