Neil Postman

Neil Postman

About Neil Postman

Neil Postman (March 8, 1931 – October 5, 2003) was an American author, media theorist and cultural critic, who is best known for his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. For more than forty years, he was associated with New York University.

Informing Ourselves to Death

By |2018-08-13T10:15:44-05:00May 16th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Information Age, Intelligence, Neil Postman, Technology|

The great English playwright and social philosopher George Bernard Shaw once remarked that all professions are conspiracies against the common folk. He meant that those who belong to elite trades—physicians, lawyers, teachers, and scientists—protect their special status by creating vocabularies that are incomprehensible to the general public. This process prevents outsiders from understanding what [...]

1984 or Brave New World?

By |2017-02-03T11:10:11-05:00May 12th, 2014|Categories: Aldous Huxley, Books, George Orwell, Neil Postman|

We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy did not, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares. But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s [...]