Tag Archives: Neil Postman

President Trump: New Yorker Donald Trump rides Duck Dynasty train all the way to the White House.

I’m really surprised Donald Trump won the election. I’m not unhappy about it, just surprised. I didn’t vote, so I’m not happy, angry, or sad about a Trump presidency. Actually I think it’s hysterical. And much more interesting (and entertaining!) … Continue reading

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Presidential “debates”

“For the message of television as metaphor is not only that all the world is a stage but that the stage is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.” ~ Neil Postman Trump is a professional television producer and actor. The debates … Continue reading

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“We have a population that becomes pacified…”

“When a culture disdains literacy for the important functions of public discourse and replaces that with a medium that focuses on format and style — and therefore entertainment — then you begin to get… you have a situation comparable to … Continue reading

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Are people adults at 14? 18? or 21?

Are people adults at 14? 18? or 21? Two articles got my attention recently: 14 year-olds to be tried in adult court? “Part of the legislation would require anyone 14 and older to be tried in adult court if charged … Continue reading

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Neil Postman, Technopoly, and Amusing Ourselves to Death

“The Technopoly story is without a moral center. It puts in its place efficiency, interest, and economic advance. It promises heaven on earth through the conveniences of technological progress. It casts aside all traditional narratives and symbols that suggest stability and orderliness, and tells, instead, of a life of skills, technical expertise, and the ecstasy of consumption.” ~ Neil Postman, “Technopoly” Continue reading

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The seven deadly sins

The Contrary Virtues were derived from the Psychomachia (“Battle for the Soul”), an epic poem written by Prudentius (c. 410). Practicing these virtues is alledged to protect one against temptation toward the Seven Deadly Sins: humility against pride, kindness against envy, abstinence against gluttony, chastity against lust, patience against anger, liberality against greed, and diligence against sloth. Continue reading

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Media-based epistemology, faith, and skepticism

We should not be uncritical, unthinking, true believers of everything and anything we consume via media – mass or alternative. Continue reading

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