The Disappearance of Childhood
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - elliepotten - LibraryThing
Though this book was written about twenty years ago – and therefore riddled with outdated media references – its ideas are thought-provoking and as relevant today as they were on their original ... Read full review
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The best book on this topic. I would recommend for everyone who wants a better understanding of our time. Read full review