What the Television Has Done to Us

“Television is our culture’s principal mode of knowing about itself. Therefore—and this is the critical point—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, board rooms, churches, and even airplanes, Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other.”

Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, pg. 92

Here’s an *entertaining* illustration of how video grabs our attention.

Television is a drug. from Beth Fulton on Vimeo.

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