Late this evening comes news of the death of Neil Postman, University Professor of Culture and Communication at NYU, and author of Amusing Ourselves to Death. I never studied with Postman while I was at NYU, and, frankly, much of my recently-completed manuscript on the relationship between contemporary literary culture and television argues explicitly against the Postman line. Nonetheless, he has been for years a leading figure in media ecology circles, and will be much missed.
[UPDATE, 10.08.03: At last, confirmation. Interesting that this comes from Toronto; there’s still nothing in the NY Times…]
[UPDATE2, 10.09.03: The NY Times obituary has at last appeared.]