Postman Essay

Postman Essay

Postman’s thesis on the ‘disappearance’ of childhood.

– There is no single set of beliefs about children; childhood is a social and cultural construct. Social constructionism is concerned with ideas about children, not facts about them. Indeed, many social constructionists would deny the existence of any universal facts about children (Woodhead and Montgomery 2003:46). Ideas about children change because they are dependent on their social, cultural and historical context. The ideas held concerning children have consequences, they affect the way children are treated and thought about (James and James 2008:122)….  

Neil Postman

– Neil Postman was born on March 8, 1931 and died October 5, 2003. He received a master’s degree in 1955 and a doctorate of education degree in 1958, both from the Teachers College, Columbia University. He began teaching at New York University in 1959. In 1971, he founded a program in media ecology at the Steinhardt School of Education of NYU and in 1993 he was appointed a University Professor, and was chairman of the Department of Culture and Communication until 2002. Postman wrote 18 books and more than 200 magazine and newspaper articles…. ;

Neil Postman’s Technopoly

– Neil Postman, writer, educator, critic and communications theorist, has written many books, including Technopoly. Mr. Postman is one of America’s most visible cultural critics, who attempts to analyze culture and history in terms of the effects of technology on western culture. For Postman, it seems more important to consider what society loses from new technology than what it gains. To illustrate this, Postman uses the Egyptian mythology called “The Judgment of Thamus,” which attempts to explain how the development of writing in Egyptian civilization decreases the amount of knowledge and wisdom in the society…. ;

Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death

– Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death I have just read Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death. Postman states that the age of typography has been replaced by the age of television. This has changed the way we look at the world and the way we think, which in turn has almost made us less intelligent. Postman speaks his opinions freely, and really gives the reader a new perspective on media, and the effect it has on society. To often we think nothing of what we see and read in the media, but after reading this book you see things a lot differently….  

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Postman

– … He goes on further to explain how television has reshaped epistemology and has led for Americans to expect some form of “entertainment” from each sector of society. In other words, the way in which we knew something as truth, or acquired knowledge from, has been altered due to television while simultaneously causing for Americans to expect politics, religion, education, and news (just to name a few) to be “entertaining.” Postman’s bases his claim on Huxley’s Brave New World in which we are the “verge of amusing ourselves to death” (4) not because we are slaves to some higher authority but because society has no longer expressed interest in being an intellectual environment; society has…