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Americas Death by Television In reading through the Borzoi College Reader looking for a topic to write on I came to the section entitled Television and Reality As I started reading through Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman he made some points that hit me and made me think The quote that hit me the most was The problem is not that TV presents the masses with entertaining subject matter but that television presents all subject matter as entertaining What is dangerous about television is not its junk Every culture can absorb a fair amount of junk and in any case we do not judge a culture by its junk but by how it conducts itself in its serious public business What is happening in America is that television is transforming all serious public business into junk He also continues to point out interesting facts which I feel do not need to be accredited to Neil Postman The reason I feel this way is because they are too true everybody know them Yet as per requirement I also found these in Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman he points out that a fat person cannot be a politician due to the unpleasant image seen on television and how this image overwhelms any point that may come out of the persons mouth Mr Postman also points out that so many Americans prefer to get their religious instruction from television rather then from church In this he points out the simplistic and theatrical style of several televangelists and how they void the effort involved in religion He also points out how education has been turned into a vaudeville act His example is the well-known Sesame Street He lays before us the idea that its creators and audience now accept without qualification the idea that learning and entertainme nt are indistinguishable After crossing mixing and comparing the facts the conclusion that
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