The Disappearance of Childhood
Deftly marshaling a vast array of historical and demographic research, Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that childhood i ...more
Postman is an honest liberal, which places him in the curious position of diagnosing ills for which his own worldview has been largely responsible. At one point in the book, he himself acknowledges this irony. He doesn't like the fruit of secular humanism; one wishes he would just repudiate the tree itself, roots and all.
The theme of The Disappearance of Childhood is that our culture is hostile to childhood. I think Postman make ...more
اما تلویزیون اومده طبقه بندی مطالب رو عوض کرده. هرنوع مطلبی رو در هر موردی به زبان شفاهی درآورده و همه مخاطب اون هستند. همه چیز رو به شوخی و خوش گذشتن برگزار میکنه چون اگه برنامه اینطور نباشه کسی برنامه رو نگاه نمیکنه، و یه سری چیزهای دیگه.
کتاب قدیمی و در مورد جامعه ی امریکاست، یه جورایی الان ما میشه.
در باب شناخت بهتر از دوران ما و اینکه بیگ ...more
The copy I read was from the library. Now I must get my own copy and mark it throughout.
As a personal post script, upon reflection I think the main difference in the way my husband and I were raised is that he had a te ...more
The cultural concept of childhood is, according to Postman, a consequence of literacy. Print media created a world of knowledge and communication acquired through education. Over time certain topics, language, and themes ...more
Да, ама не съвсем, поне според автора на "Изчезващото детство". Нийл Постман се опитва да докаже, че през по-голямата част от историята на човечеството идеята за "детство" не е съществувала така, както я възприемаме сега, че на децата е гледано като на дребни, глупави възрастни и че чак последните 200-300 години появата на печатното слово в ежедневието разделя рязко човечеството на можещи и неможещи да чет ...more
O autor, crítico cultural e educador, natural dos EUA e falecido em 2003, desenha seu livro em duas partes. A primeira está centrada no tema da construção social da infância; a segunda, apresenta a tese de seu desaparecimento.
Postman mostra-nos que já entre gregos e romanos, certa ...more
The word "child" originally meant "son or daughter"; only in modern times did it gain its second meaning - "a person between birth and full growth". Prior to mo ...more
Some of the specific cultural examples do feel dated (the dominance of television as a topic and the absence of the internet) ...more
The irony presented is that as we grew in terms of a rational, pluralistic and individualistic society, we created - but now risk rapidly abandoning - the period of ...more
I would highly recommend it, not that I agreed with all his points, but that I think this is a good discussion to have, and a matter that deserves our consideration- especially if we have children.
I found myself nodding along as I worked through it, reading passages aloud to my wife. As a teacher, having some first hand understanding of the rapidly narrowing gap between adult and child, reading the book was an enlightening and worthwh
We cannot have adulthood without childhood. The two concepts go together. This book proposes a) that the very notion of childhood (and thus adulthood) stems from the preva ...more
I agree that the media is a danger to children (especially girls) -- in their literacy, self-image, and position in the world -- and must be managed. Technology's latest, the internet, ...more
The book illuminates issues that the general population has forgotten but does not bring forth any suggestions for change. Postman states this in the preface but concedes that he doesn't know how to fix the problem. He has some negative things to say ...more
He is the author of more than thirty significant books on education, media criticism, and cultural change including Te ...more