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Media critic's book provided title for Roger Waters' "Amused to Death"

Mass media critic Neil Postman died of lung cancer Oct. 5 in Queens, New York. He was 72.

Postman taught 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 viewers.

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 to Death."

The book, 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.

(Posted: Oct. 11, 2003)

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