Sunday, October 12, 2003

Author-Professor Neil Postman dies: "Neil Postman, a New York University professor and author who criticized the television industry for treating serious issues as entertainment, has died. He was 72. Postman died Sunday of lung cancer, said NYU spokesman James Devitt.

"A faculty member at NYU for 39 years, Postman founded the Steinhardt School of Education's program in media ecology in 1971 and chaired the Department of Culture and Communication until 2002."

Having read at least of Postman's books, this is indeed a tragic loss. While his ideas did not always reflect a practical perspective on the intellectual discussion of communication, a voice worth hearing has no more to say. We can only hope that he settled ultimate issues while he was alive on earth.

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