Amusing Ourselves to Death

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Amusing Ourselves to Death Characters

Aldous Huxley

The Author of Brave New World, a dystopian novel about the demise of culture. Huxley’s book imagines a future world where the things we love destroy us: our desire to be entertained, to be shallowly… (read full character analysis)

George Orwell

The author of 1984, another dystopian novel. Yet Orwell’s dystopia is very different from Huxley’s, and portrays the end of free thought and speech as being the result of strict government repression and violent… (read full character analysis)

Marshal McLuhan

A media theorist and former teacher of Postman’s. A philosopher of communication and a public intellectual, McLuhan famously said “the medium is the message.” He believed that the form of a medium had a determinate… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Reverend Terry, Pat Robinson, and Jimmy Swaggart
Television preachers whom Postman uses to represent the way that entertainment culture has commoditized everything, even supposedly “sacred” spheres of life.