The Disappearance of Childhood

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Vintage Books, 1982 - Political Science - 177 pages
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Frederick Kiesler has left a deep impact on architects and designers, artists and theoreticians alike. Himself a versatile artist and architect, Kiesler witnessed the 20th century from the rise of the Avant-Garde in Europe to its progress in America and played a key role in the international discourse on art.

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User Review  - Cipriana Leme - Goodreads

I basically read parts of this book for research. The most interesting idea was that childhood is a modern concept and did not exist in the past. Children were viewed as adults or even pets, with little sympathy or concern for their education. Read full review

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User Review  - Lisbeth - Goodreads

Rereading the Wikipedia page to refresh myself, I did read this. My thought with many years since the reading is that if childhood has ended, so has adulthood. I find that premise to be true in the ... Read full review


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Born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the State University of New York and Columbia University, Neil Postman is a communications theorist, educator, and writer who has been deeply involved with the issue of the impact of the media and advanced communications technology on American culture. In his many books, Postman has strongly opposed the idea that technology will "save" humanity. In fact, he has focused on the negative ways in which television and computers alter social behavior. In his book Technopoly, Postman argues that the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys humanity by creating a culture with no moral structure. Thus, technology can be a dangerous enemy as well as a good friend. Postman, who is married and has three children, currently is a professor of media ecology at New York University and editor of Et Cetera, the journal of general semantics. In addition to his books, he has contributed to various magazines and periodicals, including Atlantic and The Nation. He has also appeared on the television program Sunrise Semester. Postman is the holder of the Christian Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching from New YorkUniversity.

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