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I still remember sitting in my car, just having come out of the bookstore, beginning to read his book “Technopoly.” I had already read “Amusing Ourselves to Death” and considered him to be an American prophet. And it was in 1999 that my son and I got to hear him do a reading at a bookstore in downtown Chicago.
Neil Postman followed in the footsteps of other prophets, people like Orwell and Huxley. They warn us about ourselves and our focus on DISTRACTIONS. We think we have no need for a purpose outside of our own “personal peace and affluence” — that from another prophet, Francis Schaeffer.
If you have read this post, this far, you might consider spending a few minutes contemplating the introduction of Postman’s book “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” May it cause a pause in thought, pondering both the present and the future, the temporal and the eternal.