The Disappearance Of Childhood
ISBN: 0679751661
EAN13: 9780679751663
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 2, 1994
Pages: 177
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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 popular 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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