On this edition of Re-Kindled, Michael and I discuss Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman. We discuss:
- Why the news is more about entertainment than information
- The difference between the forefathers and our current politicians
- Social media: net positive or net negative on society?
- How Postman called the fake news era in 1985
- Why advertisers care more about people than products
- Why people had more time for critical thinking in the past
- How distraction is the new form of leisure
- What happens when algorithms begin to control our actions and much more
And feel free to read along with our next books, Blink and The Tipping Point, both by Malcolm Gladwell.
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