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The Ultimate Arbiter of Human Worth: (The Default Life - On TV) (eBook)

The Ultimate Arbiter of Human Worth: (The Default Life - On TV) (eBook)

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Published by Sam McLoughlin
An ebook in the tradition of Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace.
An ebook in the tradition of Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace.

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Published by: Sam McLoughlin on Mar 16, 2012
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1“No medium is excessively dangerous if its users understand whatits dangers are.”-
 
 Neil Postman,
 Amusing Ourselves to Death
 
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1. The Problem with Sesame Street
"Ernie is not dying of AIDS. Ernie is not dying of leukemia. Ernieis a puppet."
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 They say that immortality is impossible.
 Nobody
lives for-ever. This, evidently, is untrue. There exists a world where therules of death do not apply. They call it the world of television; or rather,
children’s
television. Like Eden, death is barred from thisworld. Ask Elmer Fudd or Wile-E-Coyote if they’ve heard of it.Relentless humiliation? Certainly. Punishing pain? You know it.But
death
? Final, all-consuming, never-to-be-reversed
 DEATH 
 that lands with a thud and surrenders but a whimper does––not–– 
exist 
. Characters might be phased out and drift from memory, butsudden departures that mimic reality are barred from the land of 
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Ellen Morgenstern, spokeswoman for Children's Television Workshop in NewYork, quoted in"Surely, no one believes the rat in the soda bottle story," written by RachelJones of Knight-Ridder Newspapers. (Des Moines [Iowa] Register, Dec.1, 1992, p.3T.

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