Re-Kindled: Amusing Ourselves To Death

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

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And feel free to read along with our next books, Blink and The Tipping Point, both by Malcolm Gladwell.

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