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In Neil Postman’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death he talks about how something that has brought people so much, television. Postman argues that television has marked the end of the Age of Typography (which was written) to the Age of Television (which is based on visuals). He talks about today that people care more about what one looks like rather than what one has to say. Which I believe to be true even in today’s world. Postman says that when the written word was established it awed many people. Many were amazed the one’s words could be written and time could essentially be frozen in the written word. He believes that the word doesn’t hold as much power as it used to, but rather now images have taken over. Postman believes that the printed word is the only place where complicated truths can be rationally conveyed. An example that he gives is that that the first fifteen U.S. presidents could have walked out in public, probably without being recognized by the average citizen, yet all these men would have been quickly recognizable by their written words. However, the reverse is true today. The names of presidents or even famous preachers, lawyers,
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course MCOM 151 taught by Professor O'conner during the Fall '08 term at Nassau CC.

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