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Hossein Derakhshan (@h0d3r) tweeted at 5:33 AM – 26 Aug 2018 :
My latest: “TV saved my humanity as a social animal in prison, like it has been a savior for hundreds of millions of senior citizens, hospital patients, and people in isolation. The truth is we don’t really just look at television, we also live in tv.” (

Postman patiently explains, for the skeptics, how the shift from words to images, or from typography to photography, trivializes public conversation. That is not only crucial but also, as I have explained, the very definition of representative democracy.

“Television is our culture’s principal mode of knowing about itself.”

Postman wrote his book in 1985, a time when television dominated all aspects of public life. But his warnings faded into the background as a new, alternative space caught everybody’s attention.

Social media turned mobile phones into personal televisions, not just because Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and even Twitter provided more and more videos, but because they created a highly emotive space where sensationalism would win over rationality.

The Wall Street Journal reported in February 2017 that “YouTube viewers worldwide are now watching more than 1 billion hours of videos a day, threatening to eclipse U.S. television viewership.”

I think of this as neo-television, because much of the internet today has become something you watch instead of read.

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The rebirth of television symbolizes a new era, where images and emotions are replacing words and reason, where faith outsmarts facts. Welcome to the post-Enlightenment.

Postman writes. “Television is our culture’s principal mode of knowing about itself.”

If these words were not fully comprehensible in 1985, they are now.

This provocative claim was an attempt to show how the media, and especially television, can create a parallel reality that has no reference to the real world. Baudrillard’s best example of the concept, which he calls simulacrum, is Disneyland: a symbolic representation of an imaginary symbol, which itself is a symbolic depiction of reality. A recreation of a fantasy world with little tie to the reality. A copy of a copy of a copy.

How can the sleeping wake those who are asleep?

There are some good things about living within this televisual world, though.

While in prison, nothing could transport my mind more powerfully than television. Books couldn’t fully do it, and neither could newspapers. It needed to be images rather than words, because words keep you conscious and thoughtful, whereas moving images can disrupt thought.

Perhaps that is the case for all prisoners. It must be why television sets are so central to life in prison. Many inmates, especially those in solitary confinement, probably would have lost their minds without television. They don’t just watch the world inside that box; they live in it.

Television also helps time pass — time that is often experienced as long and empty,

Television helps not only prisoners but also those who are trapped in isolated spaces. While I was in solitary and had nothing to read or write or watch, I thought a lot about my grandmother, who lived with us in the basement of our family home in Tehran for many years.

great for all the people we keep putting/keeping on hold.. ie: mom

Television is a simulation of real life when we can’t — or don’t want to — access real life directly.