Media critic's book provided title for Roger
Waters' "Amused to Death"
critic Neil Postman died of lung cancer Oct. 5
in Queens, New York. He was 72.
for more than 40 years at New York University, and will be best
remembered for criticizing television for effecting the educational
and moral development of children, and numbing the minds of its
His 1985 book
"Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of
Show Business" provided inspiration to Pink
Floyd's Roger Waters
when he titled his 1992 album "Amused
one of 20 Postman wrote in his lifetime, criticized the television
industry for turning the world's problems into entertainment. It
was translated into eight languages and has sold 200,000 copies.
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