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ERIC Number: EJ1100854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Fatal Amusements: Contemplating the Tempest of Contemporary Media and American Culture
Strate, Lance
Educational Technology, v56 n2 p17-24 Mar-Apr 2016
Our use of the electronic media to conduct serious discourse raises the question of whether "we are amusing ourselves to death," as Neil Postman argued. The approach known as "media ecology," the study of media as environments, which emphasizes the need to understand context and find balance, provides a basis for the analysis and critique of contemporary culture. The American republic was born out of the typographic media environment, while our current electronic media environment, with its emphasis on images, information, and immediacy, has had many negative effects on American politics, journalism, religious experience, and education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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