Book Review: The Age of American Unreason (2008)

Disturbing analysis of the roots of antithought in America (and elsewhere)
by Susan Jacoby

Random House , 318 pages
Reviewed by Brian Wright

“I raise no objections to television’s junk.  The best things on television are its junk, and no one and nothing is seriously threatened by it. Besides, we do not measure a culture by its output of undisguised trivialities but by what it claims as significant.  Therein is our problem, for television is at its most trivial and, therefore, most dangerous when its aspirations are high, when it presents itself as a carrier of important cultural conversations.” — Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985) Continue reading