Neil Postman's "How to Watch TV News" Book Review by scribbler

Neil Postman's "How to Watch TV News"
A discussion on Neil Postman's book "How to Watch TV News".
# 152319 | 905 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 27, 2013 in Communication (Television) , Sociology (Media and Society)

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The paper discusses the extent to which TV news has become a commercial commodity, with news and entertainment intricately woven together. The paper looks at Neil Postman's book, "How to Watch TV News", and how Postman provides an understanding of TV news as a form of entertainment, and therefore, as a medium that demands skepticism. The paper then considers what has caused this incessant and omnipresent need for entertainment in society today.

From the Paper:

"As Postman illustrates, because television, in all its new and varied forms, is one of the primary media by which we conceptualize reality, its messages profoundly influence the nature of public awareness, cultural trends and discussion of important issues. Postman's observation that every subject of public interest somehow finds its way onto the television screen leads one to ponder what exactly what comprises public interest, considering that there is a very blurry distinction between news and entertainment.
"Today people seem to like their news and entertainment combined into a single entity. From Good Morning America, to Entertainment Tonight, to the standard evening news, news and entertainment are intricately woven together. Perhaps this is because the news has become so pervasively bad in modern times, we are no longer able swallow our news "straight"; we need that entertainment "chaser" in order to digest it. It is these types of understandings that author seems to be attempting to obtain, and in his process of exploring the possibilities, the reader cannot help but be swept into the process as well. After reading Postman's book, it would be nearly impossible not to walk away with a new understanding of TV news as a form of entertainment, and therefore, as a medium that demands skepticism."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Postman, N. (1992). How to watch TV news. New York: Penguin.

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