Posts Tagged ‘Television’

Book Review: Amusing Ourselves (and Our Intellects) to Death

By Allie Shafran • Jan 29th, 2014 • Category: Editorial

“What is oppression?” asks Neil Postman, in his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. We are an oppressed people, Postman asserts, but the worst part about it is that most of us don’t even know we’re oppressed. In an age where presidents are Hollywood celebrities, senatorial candidates appear [...]

“Duuh” — With Literacy Rates Slipping, Is America Dumbing Down?

By Marcelina Santiago • May 5th, 2008 • Category: Public Affairs

Americans are losing their ability to read so dramatically that about a quarter of adult citizens can’t fill out a job application, and significant fractions would be challenged comprehending the instructions on a medical bottle, according to a variety of recent reports.             It’s not just a personal problem. Semi-literate Americans are less likely to [...]