Unlike another dystopian novelist, George Orwell, Huxley foresaw that we would eventually be destroyed by that which we love most: Postman discusses how discourse worked when America was a print culture. Because form has an effect on content, and print is a rational form of communication, print culture was more rational.
March The Amusing Ourselves to Death comic: I proactively contacted them, and received notification that they would prefer the comic was removed. Respecting their wishes, I removed the comic without hesitation.
What follows are some reflections on a comic which has been removed from the internet. A piece of my back catlogue which I am walking away from. Amusing Ourselves to Death: The only one not fully written and drawn by me. The comic was also a milestone of my back catalogue.
One of the ones that made me pull up my socks. The reasons for this are twofold. Firstly I rose to the game of conveying the story through my artwork.
The second factor was the reader response, which was quite unlike anything I had seen before. Word of mouth spread, and a lot of eyeballs were pointed my way.
After a relatively quiet few days on the web albeit with a good response from regular readersthings soon went bananas. The comic reached the front page of reddit. The host pulled the plug on me.
Drawing Amusing Ourselves to Death: My intentions regarding Amusing Ourselves to Death were always honest. Judging by reader feedback, that is what happened. Many people contacted me saying that I had turned them onto Amusing Ourselves to Death and then liked what they read.
I did not sell the comics for money or profit from it. Of course, motivations are one thing, and the law is another.
I created the comic as a complete amateur, operating a non-profit website dedicated to sharing ideas with the world. I was moving towards a future with comics as a legitimate way for me to earn a living.
Could I continue displaying Amusing Ourselves to Death on my website? Copyright law I fished around for opinions. But the more I read into copyright law, the more uncertain I became.
Was the comic transformative enough to be considered Fair Use? It became clear that even if I was fully complying with the law, that would not be enough to prevent legal action being brought against me.
I read with horror the Kind of Bloop case. Would the copyright holder of Amusing Ourselves to Death have the same reaction? Asking the question The answer became clear: Thankfully their simple response was to politely ask for the piece to be removed. Moving forward So the bite-sized comic about the dangers of our limited attention spans ironic, eh?Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment.
It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals/5(). Do you really want to delete this prezi? Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Delete Cancel.
Amusing Ourselves to Death March 30, Earlier this year, in a commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia, President Obama warned that the proliferation of information and social media on the Internet threatens to become “a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment rather than a tool of empowerment.”.
Study Questions for Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death () Foreword 1. What are the visions of the future offered by Orwell and Huxley? 2. How are the visions of Orwell and Huxley relevant to this book? Chapter 1: The Medium Is The Metaphor 1. How have different cities served as the “focal point of a radiating American spirit”?
Amusing Ourselves to Death John Stonestreet and Summit Staff May 28, And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.
Nov 20, · By John Scales Avery Source: Blacklisted News The superficiality of today’s television Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the futures predicted in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his book “Amusing Ourselves to Death”.