Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death makes a perfect reading for Introduction to Humanities this semester, particularly Chapter 4 (“The Typographic Mind”). Unable to find a free PDF or DOC version online, and unwilling to scan one myself, I opted for the Sparknotes because I am a lazy, bankrupt educator. But SparkNotes are better than a YouTube claymation right?
I ran into this amusing, ironic, and depressing exchange on a forum.
The exchange is started by a desperate student trying to locate a free copy of the book. The haters accuse him of thievery, point him to the library, or recommend he ask a cute female classmate. My humanities class is secretly about media ecology, and I am talking about issues of authorship, truth/knowledge, beauty, and representation as they shift and morph over time. We will trace the democratization of knowledge, art (or artifacting), and education, as embedded in the notion of “the humanities.”
I ran into the discussion board conversation shortly after finding the text of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and a Youtube animated version (an excellent rendering, by the way). I know my students won’t read Plato.
So envision the following rendered in a quasi-Platonic dialogue.
01-11-06, 11:24 AM
Can anyone please help me locate an online version of the book, “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman??
I will drop by the Barnes and Noble later tomorrow.
Please HELP me find a version of this book online 🙂 🙂 🙂
I love you long time!
01-11-06, 12:02 PM
If this is a normal book you can buy in the book store, then what makes you think you can find a free online version?
01-11-06, 12:03 PM
because you can find anything on the internet 🙂
Legal or not I don’t care at this point 😀
01-11-06, 12:17 PM
Go get it from a library
01-11-06, 12:20 PM
OMG come on guys
If I wanted to go t1o the library, I wouldn’t ask this question 🙂
01-11-06, 12:27 PM
And what’s wrong with going t1o the library?… *shakes head* Punks… :p :p
01-11-06, 12:48 PM
I don’t mind going, except I do not have time. The book is only ~$10, I can easily afford it.
I was just hoping to read a few at work 🙂
But thanks guys, for your kind insults 🙁
01-11-06, 01:43 PM
yeah, come on you guys, stop messing with ovoleg’s head!!
01-11-06, 02:10 PM
so anyone know where I can find it??
01-11-06, 02:42 PM
At a library or book store.
Its like someone in the TDF forum asking for a free burned copy of the 2003 TDF.
Buy it. Its stupid not to.
If you do find it on the internet than in all honestly…Lame.
01-11-06, 03:00 PM
Stupid not to?
care to explain?
OMG, I know someone on here knows some site, I looked a bit and I don’t think people care enough about Neil to copy the book online
01-11-06, 04:21 PM
Would you go into a store and take a loaf of bread and just walk out?
And if you want it that bad just hit up spark notes and read the summaries.
01-11-06, 05:30 PM
That made no sense…
Walk in and take a loaf of bread? That is equivallent of me walking in and stealing the book…
How does that make any sense to what I was asking for initially? :rolleyes:
I already checked spark notes and they didn’t have the book listed 🙂
Thank you for your words of consciousness.
01-11-06, 05:48 PM
Is it for a class? Why don’t you hook up with a classmate, preferably female, and read along with her? 🙂
01-11-06, 05:50 PM
no time 🙂
otherwise I would 😀
In closing, I just want to say I care enough about Neil Postman to copy and post the chapter online for class. If you have read any of Postman’s writings, you will understand the irony of this sentiment.