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  • Postman

    and makes a huge impact on our lives is technology. Technological change has such a huge impact on us; there are people who dedicate their life’s work to study how this specific change affects our lives. One man who has done just that is Neil Postman. Postman spent 30 years studying the history of technological change. In 1998‚ he gave a speech on this topic: “Five Things We Need To Know About Technological Change.” In this speech‚ he explains 5 ideas. Postman’s first idea is that for every advantage

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  • Postman: Scientific Method

    Postman states in his essay that he does not believe sociologists “do science”. That the attempt to study human behavior “can in no sense but the most trivial be called science”. This is at complete cross purposes with Kornblum who believes (and more than adequately explains within the text this point) that it is the responsibility and primary purpose of sociology to bring the scientific method(s) to social debate. To Postman’s claim that; while scientists use math to help uncover and describe

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  • Neil Postman

    have traversed the globe‚ visiting several countries and regions‚ only to realize that although new methods develop‚ language as a way of expressing ones self has remained the most effective. Despite this fact‚ language still has its pitfalls. Neil Postman‚ in his essay “Defending Against the Indefensible‚” outlines seven concepts that can be used to aid a student in better understanding the language as a means of communication. He describes how modern teaching methods leave a student vulnerable

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  • Telegraphy and Postman

    essay He is a useful public servant. He works all over the country. He can be seen in villages and metro cities. A postman moves door to door and delivers our post like letters‚ telegrams‚ parcels‚ money orders and gifts. He brings joys for some while for others he may have sad news. Some postmen move on cycle‚ but several of them go on foot to deliver their letters. The postman is a familiar face. He puts on a uniform. His uniform is khaki. He carries a bag with him. He keeps his letters‚ parcels

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  • Neil Postman

    to end‚ edutainment is what Postman dubs Sesame street early on. As seen with the research he has duly noted is very conclusive. When we watch tv the average tv watcher only retains 20 percent of what they have watched. Just from reading that it made me realize how many hours I have wasted on Netflix binge watching certain tv shows just to find out what happens. To know I only have retained 20 percent of what I have watched‚ from each episode is sad. Another point Postman points are that once an hour

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  • Neil Postman

    In Neil Postman’s "Defending Against the Indefensible"‚ he suggests that our society has been culturally brainwashed. Therefore‚ Postman has given us seven key elements of critical thinking to help us understand the English language and avoid the manipulation of language: definition‚ questions‚ simplicity of words‚ metaphors‚ reification‚ style and tone‚ and the non-neutrality of media. Postman’s first principle is that a definition is only a means of helping us achieve our goals. Definitions

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  • Neil Postman - Responses

    Part I On page 11‚ Postman quotes Niels Bohr as saying‚ "The opposite of a correct statement is an incorrect statement‚ but the opposite of a profound truth is another profound truth." What does this statement mean? Do you agree with it? Why or why not? Opposition creates two points of view and provides a stronger meaning for both sides. A correct statement‚ “I like ice cream‚” is opposed by the incorrect statement‚ “I don’t like ice cream.” If I only observe the correct statement‚ I have no

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  • Freud and Postman on technology

    consideration‚ it is easy to see how Sigmund Freud and Neil Postman adopt an ambivalent stance relative to technology in their respective essays Civilization and its Discontents and The Judgment of Thamus. In The Judgment of Thamus‚ Postman writes‚ “it is not always clear‚ at least in the early stages of a technology’s intrusion to a culture‚ who will gain the most by it and who will lose the most” (Postman 12). This statement by Postman shows his belief that in the beginning stages of newly introduced

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  • Neil Postman

    Huxley’s view In Neil postman’s amusing ourselves to death‚ Huxley teaches us 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. In his teachings we learn that we are always watching our neighbor in order to protect ourselves. Huxley says that all Americans are Marxist‚ for we believe nothing if not that history is moving us toward some preordained paradise and that technology

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  • Technology Neil Postman Analysis

    The articles “Technology” by Neil Postman and “I’m So Totally‚ Digitally‚ Close to You” by Clive Thompson both set to address the role of technology in society and debate whether the internet has an effect on community. Does community exist on the internet? Thompson argues that the internet‚ social media more specifically‚ provides a “dynamic of small town life”. With the involvement of social media in the twenty first century‚ does the definition of community adapt to this new phenomenon. The possibility

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