Life and Musings of Ed

Postman Speaks

In Christian Education, Life and living on 4 December 09 at 12:14 pm

Stephen Clawson, a valued friend of mine, turned me on to the works of Neil Postman some time ago.  Today I ran across a new (at least new to me) blog of Robert Talbert, who I have followed for some time via his Casting Out Nines blog.  He had the following quote from Postman posted 😉   Postman, as usual is incredibly insightful and clear, yet this only serves to raise the question — What do we do with this insight?  Do we simply accept it and deal with it somehow? Do we seek to make societal changes and if so, how in the world do we begin to turn the tide?   Do most folks even see this as a problem, or is it just those, like me, who came of age in a seemingly different world, who are troubled?

“How television stages the world becomes the model for how the world is properly to be staged. It is not merely that on the television screen entertainment is the metaphor for all discourse. It is that off the screen the same metaphor prevails. As typography once dictated the style of conducting politics, religion, business, education, law and other important social matters, television now takes command. In courtrooms, classrooms, operating rooms, board rooms, churches, and even airplanes, Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas; they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” -Neil Postman”


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