Tuesday, April 16, 2013

So now that we've been educated...

...what do we do with what we've learned?

We've all examined Postman's work, learned about his positions regarding media and its effects on our society, and why we should all be afraid.

Here's what I want to know:

If you agree with Postman's warnings about mass media consumption, what are you going to do to help stop the problem? (everything must be entertaining, information overload, relevance vs. irrelevance, etc.)

Do you have an obligation to do anything?

Do you feel like you could even make a change if you tried?

In what ways have Postman's teaching influenced the way that you look at the world? Will you ever see anything the way you did before?

Lemme know in the comments b'lo!


  1. I wouldn't go so far as to say that Postmans words in "Amusing Ourselves to Death" have changed the way I see things. I still think the media is evil and trying to scare us and poison us with advertising, and I still think that a serious decline in intellectual content and conversation is one day going to run society into the ground.

    But I thought that before I read Postman, and having reading "Amusing Ourselves to Death," I can say that there isn't much any one of us could do individually to stop the kinds of problems Postman talks about. Hell, even our entire English 335 class wouldn't even be able to cause a dent in the issue if we all tried REALLY REALLY HARD.

    The machine is going to keep moving forward, and the only possible thing any of us can do is figure out how to run it.

  2. I'm still going to utilize the media, and media devices regardless of Postman's warnings. In the end, it isn't what the media presents to their consumers, but what the consumers do with the information. Yeah, we will be given tons of useless information and junk, but it's up to the consumer to be responsible for what type of information is retained and remembered. It's not the media's fault for giving us useless information, because we, as humans, are able to process the useful from the useless.

    It's all about being responsible.

  3. I don't think that Postman's book necessarily changed my opinions on anything. I knew beforehand that there was a lot of significance in HOW we all interact with media. However, I felt that Postman was sometimes a bit too harsh on media and the way people interact with it, because to me it is not as gloomy as he forecast.

    As for what we can do, I agree with Travis in that there is not necessarily too much we are able to influence. However, we can interact with media in sensible and intelligent ways and can initiate conversations with others on important topics. Essentially, we can worry about our local influence. If enough people start doing that, there would actually be more significant change than if we all focused on how to change the big guns in the media industry or something like that.

  4. As a society we're very dependent on technology and I think it's going to take a lot more than Postman's warnings for this to change. His words did have some effect on me and the way I view technology, however I think that it would take something really really big for people to stop using technology all together and realize the dangers that it can cause for them. However, some people already know the dangers that lie ahead in being too dependent on technology, but don't care because they've already headed down a path where technology is what they know and what they are used to.

  5. If anything, Postman has simply taught me to be even more critical of media. It is easy to consume something without thinking of its implications, which could be dangerous. Still, I don't think dismissing media and technology as inherently evil is the way to go--it can definitely still serve an important purpose, as long as we use it intelligently.

  6. Honestly I have been more critical about the way media is presented since discussing some of these things in the course, but I'm not sure I will change at all. I'm not sure we even can change even if we wanted to.

    Though I think Postman makes some excellent points about discourse, I'm not sure I agree with his conclusions. I think he might be a little too critical of television. So I probably won't change at all, but I will look at things a little differently.