December 29, 2009

Television Dictates Our Perception

Here is an interesting quote:

“How television stages the world becomes the model for how the world is properly to be staged. It is not merely that on the television screen entertainment is the metaphor for all discourse. It is that off the screen the same metaphor prevails. As typography once dictated the style of conducting politics, religion, business, education, law and other important social matters, television now takes command. In courtrooms, classrooms, operating rooms, board rooms, churches, and even airplanes, Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas; they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” -Neil Postman

What do you think?


  1. in the world of computer coding/programming, there's a term for this (that seems to relate to your topic). The term is "garbage in, garbage out, or "GIGO".,_Garbage_Out