9780060850524_custom-a242141b2bf435e941ea78a5345a6f69e0cf528f-s6-c30So, as I mentioned on Thursday, Neal is out of town this weekend. If you’re the praying kind, please keep him and his family in your prayers. So, I’ll be writing this weeks philosophical story challenge. I’m going to assume that most of you have read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. If you haven’t, then you definitely should take the time to do so. I’m going to guess that relatively fewer of you have read Neal Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death. In this book Postman essentially argues that the introduction of television entertainment began  fast and consistent move from a text based culture to an image based culture, and that this move would ultimately lead to the degradation of cultural intellect and reasoning ability. As a part of this argument, Postman made the point that entertainment, especially visual entertainment, could easily be used to control a culture. So, this is your challenge for this week: consider how Huxley’s Brave New World shows how Postman’s theory could play out in the real world (keep in mind that Huxley wrote before Postman). Then, write a story of around 1000 words that presents and defends your view on Postman’s belief that visual entertainment could be the ultimate tool of the despot.

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