Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of by Neil Postman

By Neil Postman

A super robust and critical book....This is a brutal indictment Postman has laid down and, as far as i will be able to see, an irrefutable one. --Jonathan Yardley, Washington publish ebook international.

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A later book, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, published in 1746, is considered to be among the most remarkable psychological studies ever produced in America. --yesterday's leaders of revivalist movements in America were men of learning, faith in reason, and generous expository gifts. Their disputes with the religious establishments were as much about theology and the nature of consciousness as they were about religious inspiration. Finhey, for example, was no "backcountry rustic," as he was sometimes characterized by his doctrinal opponents.

What else was reading but comprehending? As far as we know, there did not exist such a thing as a "reading problem," except, of course, for those who could not attend school. To attend school meant to learn to read, for without that capacity, one could not participate in the culture's conversations. But most people could read and did participate. To these people, reading was both their connection to and their model of the world. the printed page revealed the world, line by line, page by page, to be a serious, coherent place, capable of management by reason, and of improvement by logical and relevant criticism.

24 Franklin's reference to pamphlets ought not to go unnoticed. the proliferation of newspapers in all the Colonies was accompanied by the rapid diffusion of pamphlets and broadsides. " 26 At the time Tocqueville was making his observations of America, printing had already spread to all the regions of the country. the South had lagged behind the North not only in the formation of schools (almost all of which were private rather than public) but in its uses of the printing press. Virginia, for example, did not get its first regularly published newspaper, the Virginia Gazette, until 1736.

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