Friday, July 23, 2004

Amusing ourselves to death-the decline of the age of typography and the new age of television

Television is our culture's principal mode of knowing about itself. Therefore-and this is the critical point- how television stages the world becomes the model for how the world is properly to be staged.

Neil Postman states: ' Television does not extend or amplify literature culture. It attacks it'.

'It is in the nature of the medium that it must suppress the content of ideas in order to accommodate the requirements of visual interest; that is to say, to accommodate the values of show business'.

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