Posts tagged ‘neil postman’

Bite-Sized Bits of Info Rule Society

Society has been dumbed down and that is certain. Postman says that is the effect of our complete and total reliance on technology of the digital age and where we have been forced to accept the bland, monotonous, and culture-lacking appeal of information that is given to us in carefully sliced and diced bits of information; something that is reflected in the title of his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. Is it really that different from what the Roman Empire sought to achieve for the masses by offering them “bread and circuses”? The people were fed and entertained. They didn’t care about things after that and because of that, were easily amused and directed. Unfortunately, it may well be where not only America is at or heading to but all of global society.

Continue Reading January 16, 2017 at 7:30 AM

Does Neil Postman Offer Us a Solution?

Postman notes that by the time the average American reaches 40 years of age, he/she will have seen “well over one million television commercials in his or her lifetime, and has close to another million to go before the first Social Security check arrives. Every program on television has a “sponsor,” a company that pays hundreds of thousands of dollars (or even millions, depending upon the program), to advertise their product during that show’s broadcast. Because of that, things have become very one-sided. While Postman does not condemn capitalism, he certainly understands that some of these corporations have become so large, they are their own monopolies and because of that, can and do dictate to society and even to our government how things are to be done. This, he says, has destroyed public discourse as it is supposed to be. He even notes that because of commercials, people began to stop using prepositions and that began in the 1950’s. It’s even worse today. This has been done through substituting images for claims related to a product. It’s not even talking. It’s merely a progression of images with a bed of pleasant music underneath.

Continue Reading August 16, 2016 at 1:39 PM

What’s Up With ISIS and Who Created Them?

There are numerous opinions as to how ISIS came into being, who is supplying them with weapons and how they are funded. Opinions range from the CIA (USA) created ISIS and weapons of mass destruction were illegally sent to ISIS groups in Syria under cover of the upheaval during Qaddafi’s overthrow in Libya, to the Saudi Arabians created and continue to fund the terrorist organization. There are other possibilities as well. Among so-called conspiracy theorists and theories, ISIS was created, weaponized, funded, and directed by the most powerful cabal in the world, the Elite (also known by numerous other names).

Continue Reading August 15, 2016 at 8:12 AM 3 comments

Amusing Ourselves to Death

The other problem with society’s penchant for and reliance on bite-sized information in the form of easy t0 remember slogans and memes is that we become addicted to that form of “entertainment” and make the mistake of thinking that we are “learning” because of it. If we’re learning, we are becoming better people, right? Wrong. If we are learning things that are provably untrue, this does not make us better in any way, shape, or form. Unlike smoke signals at one time used by American Indians to share the most basic information from tribe to tribe, modern day slogans are used the same way, except intended to share complex truths. This is ridiculous, yet it has become the standard practice throughout society. This is also why, I believe, political correctness has become the way the average person determines truth these days. It’s all about how you feel about something.

Continue Reading August 12, 2016 at 9:06 AM 1 comment


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