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William Contro Contro 1 Professor Logsdon Critical Thinking 101703 The Medium is the Metaphor In Neil Postmans book Amusing Ourselves to Death Postman begins with the argument that the medium is the metaphor By this he means that mediums such as the printing press or television have a strong direct influence on our society Surprisingly I completely agree with this statement Not only do these mediums effect how we communicate but they also have an impact on the content of our culture In the eighteenth century public discourse was much different than it is today That is mainly due to the shift from one medium to another Americas founding fathers were intelligent and exceptionally literate When the printing press was developed it caused reading and writing to become the main form of communication because it was the only medium available This written material demands a lot out of a reader including a long attention span and the ability to interpret what the author is saying At the time it was normal for ordinary people to read books of all sorts no matter who you were or what your status was in society The people of this age had extremely long attention spans and enjoyed reading much more than I can comprehend Personally I have only read two books in my entire life mainly due to the fact that I cant sit still for more than twenty minutes The printed word is just so boring compared to all of the mediums out there today Contro 2 Unlike todays society a persons intelligence was graded on how well they could read and write This is mainly due to the fact that public discourse was extremely formal and it encouraged logical thinking In todays culture most of the printed word is sloppy and a lot of the time things are written in short hand For instance when talking to someone
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