Neil Postman

Neil Postman
Neil Postman
  • Born: March 8, 1931
  • Died: October 5, 2003
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer, Professor









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...A new technology sometimes creates more than it destroys. Sometimes, it destroys more than it creates. But it is never one-sided. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
...technological competition ignites total war, which means it is not possible to contain the effects of a new technology to a limited sphere of human activity... Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Administrators are another curious consequence of a bureaucracy which has forgotten its reason for being Management & Managing Government
Democracy--with all of its inefficiency--is still the best system we have so far for enhancing the prospects of our mutual survival Democracies & Republics
What passes for a curriculum in today's schools is little else than a strategy of distraction... It is largely defined to keep students from knowing themselves and their environment in any realistic sense; which is to say, it does not allow inquiry into most of the critical problems that comprise the content of the world outside the school. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
At its best, schooling can be about how to make a life, which is quite different from how to make a living. Life
'Cyberspace' is a metaphorical idea which is supposed to be the space where your consciousness is located when you're using computer technology on the Internet, for example, and I'm not entirely sure it's such a useful term, but I think that's what most people mean by it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I am not a Luddite. I am suspicious of technology. I am perfectly aware of its benefits, but I also try to pay attention to some of the negative effects. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I don't think any of us can do much about the rapid growth of new technology. A new technology helps to fuel the economy, and any discussion of slowing its growth has to take account of economic consequences. However, it is possible for us to learn how to control our own uses of technology. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
If students get a sound education in the history, social effects and psychological biases of technology, they may grow to be adults who use technology rather than be used by it. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In Russia, writers with serious grievances are arrested, while in America they are merely featured on television talk shows, where all that is arrested is their development.
It is not entirely true that a TV producer or reporter has complete control over the contents of programs. The interests and inclinations of the audience have as much to do with the what is on television as do the ideas of the producer and reporter.
Our priests and presidents, our surgeons and lawyers, our educators and newscasters need worry less about satisfying the demands of their discipline than the demands of good showmanship.
School has never really been about individualized learning, but about how to be socialized as a citizen and as a human being, so that we, we have important rules in school, always emphasizing the fact that one is part of a group. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The idea of taking what people call the 'entertainment culture' as a focus of study, including historical perspective, is not a bad idea.
The problem in the 19th century with information was that we lived in a culture of information scarcity, and so humanity addressed that problem beginning with photography and telegraphy and the - in the 1840s. We tried to solve the problem of overcoming the limitations of space, time, and form. Time
TV serves us most usefully when presenting junk-entertainment; it serves us most ill when it co-opts serious modes of discourse - news, politics, science, education, commerce, religion. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
When two human beings get together, they're co-present, there is built into it a certain responsibility we have for each other, and when people are co-present in family relationships and other relationships, that responsibility is there. You can't just turn off a person. On the Internet, you can. Families, Children & Parenting