Neil Postman – On the Breakdown of Conversation

March 8, 2018


Today is the birthday of social critic and media ecologist Neil Postman… 

In his most prominent book [easyazon_link identifier=”014303653X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amusing Ourselves to Death[/easyazon_link] (1985), Postman described vividly the crumbling capacity for conversation in American society, a reality that has only expanded in the 30+ years since this book was published.

[ Martin Buber on the Virtues of Conversation ]


Here are 5 important passages from Amusing Ourselves to Death on the breakdown of conversation…


Americans No Longer
Talk to Each Other

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”014303653X” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”105″] In courtrooms, classrooms, operating rooms, board rooms, churches and even airplanes, Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas; they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.

  • pages 92-93


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