*Excerpts*, VOLUME 11

Neil Postman – On the Breakdown of Conversation

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

In his most prominent book Amusing Ourselves to Death (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


 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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