Continuing from part one on Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business with guest Brian Hirt.
This preview looks more closely at Postman's claim that the written word is much more suited for providing context than television. After all, television does retain some of the virtues of the pre-literate speechifying culture that Socrates preferred over writing. We debate whether some of our favorite books could be made into good films and consider Postman's "commandments of TV":
- Thou shalt have no prerequisites
- Thou shalt induce on perplexity
- Thou shalt avoid exposition like the ten plagues visited upon Egypt
In the full episode, we discuss Postman's claims about how these commandments damage various aspects of our culture: education, politics, news, and religion. Is TV as bad for these institutions as Postman says, or are there advantages to, for instance, watching a televised (Zoom?) course over attending a large lecture in person? And of course, we talk more about how all this applies to the Internet.