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Key Insights From:
Amusing Ourselves to Death
By Neil Postman
- Huxley’s Brave New World has proven far more prophetic than Orwell’s 1984.
- Primary communication forms have shifted throughout human history from oral-based to print-based to image-based.
- The shift from a word-based society to an image-based culture has led to endless opportunities for miscommunication.
- Public discourse has gradually devolved into show business, which poses dangers for education and the free society.
- America was an unbelievably literate culture through the late 1800s.
- The idea that children can effectively learn through television is grossly mistaken.
- Awareness about the impact of different media on culture is our last fragile defense against the Huxleyan future.