In the early seventies Neil Postman, co-author of Teaching as a Subversive Activity, wrote in the old New York Times an article, Once upon a time', which he subtitled Ά fable of student power'. The streets were strewn with garbage, the air polluted, strikes, crime and racial troubles were rampant. There was nothing for the Mayor to do save to declare a state of emergency, as he had done before during snowstorms and power failures. Here, further ideas ran out.