Critical Analysis Of Amusing Ourselves To Death By Neil Postman

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Perhaps one of the best ways to capture the attention of an audience would be to tell them they are doing something wrong. This may cause the audience to become angry with the speaker, or, if done correctly, it may cause them to listen up a little more. Either of these options, anger or piquing of the interest, still captures the attention of the audience. This is exactly what Neil Postman did when he addressed the Frankfurt book fair in 1984. Postman began by telling the audience that the theme of their book fair, 1984 by George Orwell, was all wrong. He told them that he thought another, not as well-known novel was a much better choice, and in his case, it helped to get the audience more interested, rather than stirring them up to anger. Overall, “Amusing Ourselves to Death” is an effective persuasive paper.
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Postman did very well with his use of Kairos, or situational based appeal in this paper, which definitely helped add more to the overall persuasiveness of the piece. One example of how he did this was when he stated: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us.” (p. 449) The reason that this would be effective is because he was speaking at a book fair, where people who care about books and the prevalence of reading in society, if he had done this at any other place, at a different time, it may have lost some of the effect on the audience. His use of this particular statement really would have appealed to the audience at the time because of their interest in books, and their understanding of the importance of

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