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To further demonstrate this concept, Postman presents the example of the unappealing image of overweight man running for president. If a man with an ugly body were to run for president, he would not be elected because he does not fit the ideal television image.
His image has nothing to do with his political ideas, but in a time run by television, visual image reigns. Thus, the form of TV is inconvenienced by philosophy, therefore, political philosophy and television can not be mixed. The concept being that a new tool has an idea that goes beyond the tool itself.
For example, the clock; before the invention of the clock, time was simply an occurrence in nature measured by the sun and the seasons. Postman then goes on to explain that every medium has a resonance, using the examples of a strictly oral African tribe, a paradox between spoken and written word in terms of a doctoral commentary, and the trial of Socrates.
Each example stems from different cultures and different eras, therefore the mediums and technologies in which they receive the truth differ.
Postman describes truth as a bias for each culture and then gives examples of our own biases such as our reliance on numbers to detect truth. Our reliance on numbers is such that we often think it the only way to determine economic truth.
We rely too much on numbers for truth just as the ancients were too reliant on proverbs. Postman is not saying that all means of defining truth are the same but that the media we use is imperative towards determining how we define it.
In each of the cultures Postman described thus far, intelligence was defined in a different way. The strictly oral culture defined intelligence by the ability to memorize proverbs and the print culture defines intelligence through the ability to see past the shapes of the letters and words on the page in order to give them meaning and see logic in the argument.
The principle concept of the chapter is that the medium civilization utilizes affects the means in which it obtains truth. Postman cites figures that demonstrate unusually high literacy rates in Colonial America and commends the fact that the highly religious colonists did not restrict themselves to solely reading religious texts.
This passage stood out because it basically summarized the chapter without the use of statistics or a philosophical quote, it simply states how valuable the printed word was in nineteenth century America.
The figures and opinions of professionals blurs the overall message of the passage because its an abundance of information that could quite simply be summed up in a few sentences. America relied on print for information the way modern-day society relies on television and music for entertainment, thus proving that America was truly founded by intellectual minds and has transformed into a society concerned only with appearance and entertainment.
Almost all of the characteristics we associate with mature discourse were amplified by typography, which has the strongest possible bias towards exposition: The passage was distinct in that it so clearly presented the complexity of language at that time and how it was so necessary and, in a way, captivating.
Although amusing, we are neither allowed nor permitted to act upon the information presented to us.
It is in the nature of the medium that it must suppress the contents of ideas in order to accommodate the requirements of visual interest; that is to say, to accommodate the values of show business. He then goes on to explain what television specifically needs to force an epistemology of entertainment.
Everything presented under the screen will struggle against the demands of the medium. It is probably more accurate to call them emotions rather than opinions. The overall idea being that television has transformed news into an entertainment business rather than it being about information.NOTE: Christians around the world celebrated Good Friday and Easter last week, which commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Thus we began a six-part series on these events by Dr. Peter Kreeft in which he examines each of the plausible theories attempting to explain what happened to.
To introduce these four new books by one particular publisher I wanted to explain – in case ya hadn’t noticed – that we carry all manner of publishers, large and small, faith-based and otherwise, like any full service bookstore. Frequently in my early teaching career, I taught a computer literacy course.
In this course I taught my student that a computer is a machine for the input, storage, processing, and output of information. Amusing Ourselves to Death Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for Amusing Ourselves to Death is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Amusing Ourselves to Death, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Form and Content Typography vs. Image. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Amusing Ourselves to Death, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
Winner, Kathryn. "Amusing Ourselves to Death Chapter 1: The Medium is the Metaphor." LitCharts. LitCharts LLC, 12 Feb Web.
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