Biography of Neil Postman (1931-2003)
At the time of his death in 2003, Neil Postman was considered one of America's foremost writers and teachers of media and education theory. Since that time, his work has continued to resonate, especially as civilization grows progressively more defined by media over-saturation.
Neil Postman was born on March 8, 1931 in New York City. He earned a B.S. from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and an M.A. and Ed.D from Columbia University's Teacher's College.
Mr. Postman's career was mostly dedicated to work as an educator. He spent 40 years as a professor at New York University, where he was the Paulette Goddard Chair of Media Ecology (a department he founded), and chair of the Department of Culture and Communication.
However, his most lasting legacy is his work as an author. Amusing Ourselves to Death is arguably his best-known work, though he wrote over twenty books on both media, education theory and linguistics, which include Conscientious Objections (1988), Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992), Teaching as a Subversive Activity (1971) and End of Education (1995).
In 2003, Neil Postman died of lung cancer. His work survives through a reputation that is acknowledged both in America and internationally.