As Postman moves from Chs 3-4 into Ch5, his analysis switches its attention to a

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As Postman moves from Chs 3-4 into Ch5, his analysis switches its attention to a society and culture dominated by television, ie. audio-visual media vs. typographic. Ch5 completes Part One of AOTD–wide discussions of the key concepts introduced, in preparation for Part TWO, which moves from Postman’s theoretical framework into various case studies.
(Tip/: Take a look at the Table of Contents and see if you can predict what Postman will be dealing with, based on the Part TWO chapter titles)
IMPORTANT: Also, be sure to provide well-explained text evidence (quotes with page number); it is also required to have the correct numbering for the questions below for effective instructor review/grading.
CH4
1. Why does Postman include discussion of the Lincoln-Douglas debate? What is his point?
2. What does Postman mean by “expository prose lifted from the page”? What are SEVEN characteristics of the expository form of communication?
3. In your own words, what is the MAIN POINT of Ch. 4?
CH5
4. Explain Info-action ratio and give examples of high vs. low ratios.
5. Explain “decontextualized” info–how does it fit into the main points Postman is making in Ch5?
6. Explain the command center. Is TV still our culture’s command center?
7. What is the peek-a-boo factor? Give an example of Peek-a-boo from Postman, AS WELL as an example how the peek-a-boo factor affects your world.

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