Amusing ourselves to death

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  1. thjplgvp

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    Has anyone read this book? Amusing Ourselves To Death by Neil Postman.
    Penguin books

    If so what are your thoughts on it?

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    I had not heard of it before but I sure agree with the title. I read through the excerpt on Amazon and found it curious that it was written in the '80s. I wonder if he has an update now that XBox, Playstations and home theaters are the rage. Huxley's Brave New World and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 hit on these issues pretty good.

    AMU''SE, v.t. s as z. [Gr. and L. musso.]

    1. To entertain the mind agreeably; to occupy or detain attention with agreeable objects, whether by singing, conversation, or a show of curiosities. (Webster's 1828)​
     
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    Rufus,

    The book I was given by my son at Christmas has a section entitled "An introduction to the 20th century" written by Neil's son Andrew. It seems senior passed away 2003. He does talk about the differences between Orwell and Huxely and says that he leans toward Huxley being more correct than Orwell.

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    I have not read the whole book yet, but I think his premise is right on. we have so many more options for entertainment/relaxation than ever, yet we are getting more bored than ever. We seem to be in a continual search for a greater thrill than the one we had last weekend. At what point is it too much? That may vary from person to person, but I believe we are close to the point of overload. Sometimes I think we just need to step back and have a technology free weekend.
     

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