The Disappearance Of Childhood

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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 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 popular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year olds.

Publishers Weekly

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

Author : Neil Postman

Publisher : Vintage/random House

Published Year : 1994

Edition : Reprint

Format : Paperback, 177 pages

ISBN : 0679751661

ISBN13 : 9780679751663