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The Disappearance of Childhood
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date August 1, 1994
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679751663
ISBN-10 0679751661
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
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Summary
Argues that the intrusion of television into every home introduces children too early to adult concepts and activities and subverts their ability to think abstractly, and the very concept of childhood is being destroyed
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

Editions
Hardcover
from Delacorte Pr (August 1, 1982)
9780385281911 | details & prices | List price $13.95
About: Argues that the intrusion of television into every home introduces children too early to adult concepts and activities and subverts their abilities to think abstractly, and that the very concept of childhood is being destroyed
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (August 1, 1994)
9780679751663 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Argues that the intrusion of television into every home introduces children too early to adult concepts and activities and subverts their ability to think abstractly, and the very concept of childhood is being destroyed
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780786111312
 
With Jeff Riggenbach (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (April 1, 1997)
9780786111312 | details & prices | 6.75 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $39.95
About: Argues that the intrusion of television into every home introduces children too early to adult concepts and activities and subverts their abilities to think abstractly, and that the very concept of childhood is being destroyed

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