TheStar.com - Neil Postman, 72: Academic was strong critic of television "Neil Postman, a New York University professor and author who criticized the television industry for treating serious issues as entertainment, has died. He was 72."
Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business is a must-read, imho.
Postman's influence ran wide and deep; e.g., check out the 1992 Roger Waters CD Amused to Death for a Pink Floyd-style interpretation.
Via Due Diligence