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Another one. . .
Another article relating to Postman’s demise.
With the circus that was the California recall election dominating the news this week, the death of author and media critic Neil Postman didn’t get the attention it deserved. But that wouldn’t have surprised Postman one bit. He wrote one of the great books of media criticism of our time, “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business,” which even when it was published in 1985 all but predicted Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood-style gubernatorial campaign and the media frenzy that would accompany it. Postman understood better than anyone that television has inextricably changed the nature of debate, and that in politics entertainment now reigns supreme.