So, and our politics are discussed almost completely

 

 

 

So, would I say that we are “amusing
ourselves to death”, yes! However, I think a solution would be to support
content-delivery models that are not mainly based on capitalization of engagement.
And not backed by sales ads, as that will continue to reinforce the engagement
loop of mindless television.  That we
don’t essentially need to swear off entire types of media, but rather start
changing out habits for the future generations, and started watching less TV and
the spend more time with books and people.  And  stop adjusting ourselves into to incoherence
and indifference human development.

My thought is; there are a lot of similarities
with television culture, but there are some differences too. He is right about
the current nature of study and its development over time, however, he has
singled out the wrong culprit. It is not the medium of television that is
responsible for us “amusing ourselves to death”. Rather, then its producers who
monitor audience response and engagement with ratings. When the producers do
this, it unavoidably appeals to our laziness which is more of a profitable
approach rather than any type of cognitive thought, in effect, manipulating dimness
in human development from a young age.  Many
people get their news from television, as well as large portion of our early education
from television such as Sesame Street and the History channel, and our politics
are discussed almost completely through televised media. Tactlessly, what works
on television is image, rapidity, irrelevance, entertainment. Our news anchors
hold that job, not because they know a great deal about current events, but
because they appear to be credible. They keep the news coming at us in quick,
entertaining bursts. The unfortunate part is because they must continue those
burts, because at any moment we are able to change the channel. We, have become
so inundated in entertainment that most of us don’t care what the real messages
is. Postman is captivated of the assets of a text-based values, but we all know
from the growth of what is considered “fake news” and is just as
damaging as mindless television. Especially when combined with speedy feedback
and reinforcement from sales ads.

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When reading Postman, he does not
have a problem of leisure or entertainment. “The A-Team and Cheers are no
threat to our public health,” he writes. “60 Minutes, Eyewitness
News, and Sesame Street are.” I’m not one who tends to buy into “the
increasing degradation of society”, but I have been pondering for some
time, in the age of unparalleled information at our fingertips, what are the
consequences of this of such available information? And what suggestions would
he have for the new age of the internet and social media? Postman
establishes the idea that communication mediums are not neutral; that each has
its own strengths and weaknesses, even conceptual feelings and knowledge.
Next, he establishes that television has displaced printed text as the main symbol
for society’s communication. Its stances, its authority, its way of creating
truth, they’re all now impacted by the television image. During our last
presidential debate, it became completely evident that that televised
“debates” are anything but a debate. Television has transformed our
expectations of what constitutes an educational information.

Postman seems to anticipate
much of the course of modern thought, education, and politics.  He stresses we’re living in a
Huxleyesque world, or a world where “Television does not ban books, it simply
displaces them”. The medium of television, he says, is changing and favors context
less sound-bites over the long-form sermon that one can get from books and
essays. With this endless stream of out-of-context, unrelated, stories, “the
public has adjusted to incoherence and been amused into indifference”. A major weakness
of this book is that television has quickly been obscured by the internet. I giggled
when Postman wrote “the computer to be a vastly overrated technology”, little did
we know the impact of the computer and technology. However, the now-outdated attention
on television doesn’t weaken the underlying message on a topic that television
has seriously altered our culture and, in fact, poses a serious threat to it. Postman
proceeds to examine how the printed word, helped to shape and direct American
culture from the time of the earliest audiences in the 80’s and those to follow
and the arrival of first, the telegraph, then television and internet.