The Disappearance of Childhood by Neil Postman audiobook

The Disappearance of Childhood

By Neil Postman
Read by Jeff Riggenbach

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
5.95 Hours Unabridged
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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. Informative, alarming, and aphoristic, The Disappearance of Childhood is a triumph of history and prophecy.

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Summary

Summary

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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“No contemporary essayist writing about America…culture is more fun to read.” Los Angeles Times
“Postman persuasively mobilizes the insights of psychology, history, semantics, McLuhanology, and common sense on behalf of his astonishing and original thesis.” Victor Navasky, professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
“[An] astonishing and original thesis.” Victor Navasky, professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Author

Author Bio: Neil Postman

Author Bio: Neil Postman

Neil Postman (1931–2003) was chairman of the Department of Communication Arts at New York University and founder of its Media Ecology program. He wrote more than twenty books. His son Andrew Postman is the author of five books, and his work appears in numerous publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English