Amusing Ourselves to Death

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Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman Summary

What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's 1984, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever. "It's unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals. “A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

100 of the Most Outrageous Comments about Amusing Ourselves to Death

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100 of the Most Outrageous Comments about Amusing Ourselves to Death by Andrew Peak Summary

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Neil Postman - Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death

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Neil Postman - Amusing and Informing Ourselves to Death by Julia Schubert Summary

Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1, Martin Luther University (Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Orality and Literacy, 17 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The central topics of the works of the writer, educator, communication theorist, social critic and cultural commentator Neil Postman have always been the media, their different forms of communication and their meanings to people, society and culture. Any of his books was built around the McLuhan-question: “Does the form of any medium of communication affect our social relations, our political ideas, or psychic habits, and of course, as he [Marshall McLuhan] always emphasized, our sensorium” (Postman: 07/30/05)? Postman was aware of the fact that a new technology and therefore a new medium may have destructive as well as creative effects. During the history of mankind there have been tremendous changes in the forms, volume, speed and context of information and it is necessary to find out what these changes meant and mean to our cultures (Postman: 1985, 160). For him, it is a basic principle that “the clearest way to see through a culture is to attend to its tools for conversation” (Postman: 1985, 8). In the book “Amusing Ourselves to Death - Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” Postman examines, from a 1980s viewpoint, the changes in the American culture caused by the shift from the Age of Reason with the printed word at its center to the Age of Show Business with television as the central medium - or in simplifying terms the shift from rationality to triviality. Twenty years later, the situation has changed again. This term paper will make an attempt to answer the question what the new media, especially the internet, did to the modern (American) culture and to its public discourse. Obviously, Postman’s provocative title “Amusing Ourselves to Death” was just the beginning of a fast moving development since nowadays the modern media world seems to shape our lives under the title “Informing Ourselves to Death” (Postman: 07/30/05) or to use one of the latest terms “Infotaining Ourselves to Death”. ..First of all, the following chapters will examine the line of Postman’s argumentation which led to the conclusion that television has significantly transformed the American society into an amusement and entertainment culture. What has happened and what was the role of the media? Was this the beginning of a “Brave New World”? As a matter of fact, Postman ́s theories and statements are not to be taken as unreflected truth. Subsequently,some critical remarks are to be made from a 21 st -century viewpoint. [...]

Technopoly

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In this witty, often terrifying work of cultural criticism, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation into a Technopoly: a society that no longer merely uses technology as a support system but instead is shaped by it—with radical consequences for the meanings of politics, art, education, intelligence, and truth.

How to Watch TV News

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How to Watch TV News by Neil Postman,Steve Powers Summary

A scathing and prescient look at television newsÂ-now updated for the new tech-savvy generation Television news : genuine information or entertainment fodder? Fifteen years ago, Neil Postman, a pioneer in media education and author of the bestselling Amusing Ourselves to Death, and Steve Powers, an award-winning broadcast journalist, concluded that anyone who relies exclusively on their television for accurate world news is making a big mistake. A cash cow laden with money from advertisers, so-called news shows glut viewers with celebrity coverage at the cost of things they really should know. Today, this message is still appallingly true but the problems have multipliedÂ- along with the power of the Internet and the abundance of cable channels. A must-read for anyone concerned with the way media is manipulating our worldview, this newly revised edition addresses the evolving technology and devolving quality of AmericaÂ's television news programming.

Noël irlandais

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Noël irlandais by Patrick Taylor Summary

Barry Laverty, M.D., attend avec impatience son premier Noël dans le chaleureux village de Ballybucklebo, du moins jusqu’à ce qu’il apprenne que son amoureuse, Patricia, pourrait ne pas revenir à la maison pour les vacances. Toutefois, un jeune médecin exerçant sa profession dans les collines et les vallées verdoyantes de la campagne irlandaise a peu de temps pour s’appesantir sur les déceptions amoureuses. En compagnie de son partenaire plus âgé, le docteur Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, Barry a les mains pleines à soigner les toux et les rhumes de saison ainsi que les urgences médicales occasionnelles. Pour ajouter aux soucis des médecins, une concurrence émerge sous la forme d’un nouveau médecin voleur de patients dont le charlatanisme menace la santé et le bien-être des bonnes gens de Ballybucklebo. Un territoire peut-il nourrir trois médecins affamés? Barry a ses doutes. Cependant, les jours et les nuits d’hiver ne sont pas dénués de bonnes nouvelles réconfortantes et joyeuses. Entre leur pratique médicale frénétique, les fêtes du Rugby Club et le spectacle de Noël des enfants, les deux médecins trouvent encore le temps de jouer les pères Noël pour une mère célibataire qui se débat avec un enfant malade et n’a pas assez d’argent en banque. La neige est rare dans l’Ulster, tout comme les miracles, mais cela ne signifie pas que l’un ou l’autre ne se produit jamais...

L'Invité sans visage

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L'Invité sans visage by Tana French Summary

« Tana French est sans conteste une immense auteure. » Gillian Flynn « Terrifiant et incroyable. Une plume incandescente. » Stephen King Une superbe jeune femme est retrouvée assassinée chez elle, au pied de sa table dressée pour un dîner romantique. L’inspecteur Antoinette Conway, de la brigade criminelle de Dublin, est chargée de l’enquête avec Stephan Moran. Il est son seul allié dans un quotidien fait de mesquineries et d’humiliations – pas facile d’être une femme flic en Irlande. Tout condamne a priori le nouveau petit ami de la victime, et les autres inspecteurs font pression sur Antoinette pour qu’elle le mette derrière les barreaux, or elle résiste, persuadée que l’affaire n’est pas si évidente que le laissent présager les apparences. C’est alors que le crime prend une tournure bien moins banale... Une lecture haletante vécue dans la peau d’une femme qui se bat à tout prix pour faire émerger la vérité « UN TOUR DE FORCE. » New York Times « MAGNIFIQUEMENT RÉALISÉ. » Publishers Weekly

La France contre les robots

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La France contre les robots by Georges Bernanos Summary

Le danger n'est pas dans les machines, sinon nous devrions faire ce r�ve absurde de les d�truire par la force, � la mani�re des iconoclastes qui, en brisant les images, se flattaient d'an�antir aussi les croyances. Le danger n'est pas dans la multiplication des machines, mais dans le nombre sans cesse croissant d'hommes habitu�s, d�s leur enfance, � ne d�sirer que ce que les machines peuvent donner. Georges Bernanos a notamment laiss� derri�re lui un pamphlet visionnaire destin� � r�veiller les consciences. Plus d'un demi-si�cle apr�s la disparition de son auteur, La France contre les robots reste d'une incroyable actualit�. Cette apologie de la Libert� est un d�fi jet� aux idol�tries du profit et de la force, une critique du capitalisme industriel et des tyrannies modernes, ainsi qu'une d�nonciation du culte de la vitesse et du rendement effr�n�. Avec v�h�mence, Bernanos conteste l'id�e selon laquelle le syst�me mat�rialiste et mercantile conduirait fatalement au bonheur de l'humanit�.

War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth

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War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth by Stephen D. O'Leary,Geln S. McGhee Summary

The apocalypse is a motif that lies behind many religious beliefs and practices. 'War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth' theorizes the apocalyptic as it has arisen in a variety of religious traditions, from Native American religion to Islam in Northern Nigeria and new terrorist movements. Millennial theory and history are explored from the perspective of social psychology, sociology and post-modern philosophy. The volume is unique in applying an analysis of millennial themes to a comparative study of religion.

A Better Way

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A Better Way by Michael Horton Summary

A challenging examination of the biblical and theological issues underlying a distinctively Christian view of worship.

Comment Proust peut changer votre vie

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Comment Proust peut changer votre vie by Alain de Botton Summary

Alain de Botton nous le certifie : Proust peut changer notre vie. En neuf chapitres savoureux, l'auteur nous entraîne dans la vie, la correspondance et l'oeuvre de l'écrivain pour en extraire de formidables leçons de vie. Une façon audacieuse et érudite de relire celui qui avait toujours froid, qui passa quatorze années au fond d'un lit à écrire A la recherche du temps perdu et qui avait peur des souris plus que des bombes.

The Disappearance of Childhood

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The Disappearance of Childhood by Neil Postman Summary

From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today−and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research, Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that childhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into poprular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Informative, alarming, and aphorisitc, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.

Teaching As a Subversive Activity

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Teaching As a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman Summary

A no-holds-barred assault on outdated teaching methods--with dramatic and practical proposals on how education can be made relevant to today's world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Comment peut-on (encore) être une femme ?

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Comment peut-on (encore) être une femme ? by Caitlin Moran Summary

VO : How to be a woman Éditeur original : Ebury Press, an imprint of Ebury Publishing, a Random House Group company. © Caitlin Moran, 2011 Pour la traduction française : © Flammarion, 2014 En couverture : Photo: © Levon Biss / Contour by Getty Images

Animation

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Animation by Regina Dahmen-Ingenhoven Summary

In amusement parks and theme parks the role of architecture in generating an emotional experience has long outgrown its mere functional and structural aspects. This trend is now pervading shopping malls, airports, museums, even banks, and is one which progressive architects will have to confront, as it becomes an increasingly important feature for investors and users in our pleasure-seeking society. With a wealth of international examples ranging from the prototype Disneyland (where Walt Disney's concepts of animation were congenially transformed into reality) to historical amusement parks and modern day theme parks, "Animation" investigates this global trend in contemporary architecture for the first time. Rich visual images and astute analytical texts reveal how animation architecture functions, the effects it can achieve and the uses it can be put to.