Kreighton’s Summer Reading:
I read a bit more than usual this summer as my children were given a steep reading goal to earn themselves the phones they so badly wanted, so I upped my game. And I counted audio books!
Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman – This is the most influential book of my summer. The Atlantic magazine recently revisited the book’s argument in an article titled “Are We Having Too Much Fun?” Written by media observer Postman in 1985, its observations and warnings on how media and modern society are increasingly trading serious thought and discourse for amusements and distraction strike an astonishingly prescient tone. For example, did you know that the Lincoln-Douglas debates were three to four hours long, and held very large audiences in rapt attention the entire time? This has set me on a journey to explore what media, technology and endless (useless?) news flow has done to my conversations, my attention span and my precious time!Read More