One of the most annoying things about Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death is his absolute negativity towards, well, everything it seems, except for the never at fault written world. He blasts the telegraph, photography, and television, without acknowledging any positive aspects of these technologies.
The telegraph did not only send trivial information, but also requests for medicine for towns stricken by illness. Once wireless telegraphy was invented, sinking ships were able to send pleas for help. Photography is art, and can illicit joy (or sorrow), and this is not inherently a bad thing.
And then, there is television. While Postman finds a long list of things wrong with TV, he never mentions what good it can do. Television can, and does, inspire. Postman writes that people cannot or will not act on what they see on television, but I, at least, have acted. As a young child I watched a lot of shows about archaeology and anthropology, from features about the Pyramids of Egypt, to mummies in the Andes, to the hominid fossil named Lucy. Now I am majoring in Anthropology. And I know I'm not alone. For example this Storycorps video details, among other things, how astronaut Ronald McNair was influenced by the TV show Star Trek.
So, do you agree that Postman is too harsh on modern media and culture, or did he have it right?