Neil Postman's obituary

Posted by Mitchell - October 9, 2003 (entry 100)

Bad news: We've lost a longtime thinker, ally, and friend this past week. From the New York Times...

Neil Postman, a prolific and influential social critic and educator best known for his warning that an era of mass communications is stunting the minds of children as well as adults died on Sunday at a hospital in Flushing, Queens. He was 72 and lived in Flushing.

The cause was lung cancer, said a spokesman for New York University, where Dr. Postman taught for more than 40 years.

He held a chair in the field he called media ecology, and his career was a long-distance joust with what he saw as the polluting effects of television.

Dr. Postman's core message was that an immersion in a media environment shaped children's lives to their detriment, and society's.

And don't forget. If you haven't already used the form or written to the State's Attorney's office on Grant's behalf for (among many other things) the right to freedom of speech, be sure to do so now.

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