One theme of this week's readings might be TV, Google, and Our Brains - how the media affects our understanding of the world around us. While there is lots of debate about what is an authoritative source of information, these authors mostly agree that books trump other forms of media. What do you think?
If you want to read more on the topic:
Citations for Neil Postman and other books on his topic of media, critical thinking, and authority.
Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death written in 1985. You might also check out his book Technopoly: the surrender of culture to technology. New York: Vintage Books, 1993.
Marie Winn The Plug-In Drug1967
Nicholas Carr Is Google Making Us Stupid: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” Atlantic Monthly (July/Aug 2008) http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/6868/which he expanded into a book length discussion The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains ..
Marchall McLuhan The Medium Is the Massage 1967
Walter Ong Orality and literacy: the Technologizing of the Word 1982