Friday, October 20th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts the second study session on Neil Postman’s Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk: How We Defeat Ourselves By the Way We Talk and What to Do About It. Postman is a Racist Suspect, who authored a number of notable texts, including: Amusing Ourselves To Death; Teaching as a Subversive Activity; and How to Watch TV News. A prolific author, Postman published 18 books, was a professor of media ecology at New York University, and delivered astute analysis of technology and the use of language. Students of counter-racism understand the primary weapon of Racists is the incorrect and deceptive use of words. We’ll keep this in mind while studying Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk. Last week’s session examined the importance of language  and listed examples of how reckless use of words robs comprehension and often generates problems. He took care to emphasize the importance of the “semantic environment,” meaning the context and variables that dictate what is supposed to be discussed and what words utilized. Postman says that problems also arise when we use terms that don’t necessarily correspond to the current environment. If this text is useful, non-white listeners will gain tools to help identify deceptive speech in others and skills to minimize our own “crazy” or “stupid” talk.


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