Quotes/Neil Postman

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Quotes Attributed to Neil Postman

What has happened is that the public has adjusted to incoherence and been amused into indifference. Which is why Aldous Huxley Brave New World would not in the least be surprised by recent events. Indeed, he prophesied its coming. He believed that it is far more likely that the Western democracies will dance and dream themselves into oblivion than march into it, single file and manacled.

What Huxley teaches is that in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate (a la Orwell's cautions). In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. ... In the end, Huxley was trying to tell us that what afflicted the people in Brave New World [as well as many Americans today] was not that they were laughing instead of thinking, but that they did not know what they were laughing about and why they had stopped thinking.

Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

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