The Disappearance of Childhood by Neil Postman

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From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today−and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood.

Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research, Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that childhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into poprular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds.

Informative, alarming, and aphorisitc, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.
 

About Neil Postman

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Neil Postman was chairman of the department of communication arts at New York University. He passed away in 2003. Steve Powers is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than forty-five years experience in broadcast news.
 
Published June 8, 2011 by Vintage. 177 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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His simple, endlessly elaborated theme: ""the symbolic area in which a society conducts itself will either make childhood necessary or irrelevant."" This translates into the notion of childhood being ""invented"" along with the printing press--since only adults would be privy to the secrets locke...

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The author of Technopoly examines the embattled nature of childhood in contemporary American culture. (Aug.)

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The author of Technopoly examines the embattled nature of childhood in contemporary American culture. (Aug.)

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