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The Disappearance of Childhood by Neil Postman
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In TDoC, Postman posits that childhood (which he defines as age 7-17; under 7 = infants) is a social artifact, not a biological category (I think this is a stretch). Anyway, his point is that prior to widespread literacy, there were no "children" per se because it was impossible to keep adult activities apart from youth. The introduction of print created a secret world that youth ("children") had to earn a right to be a part of by learning to read. Because electronic media don't have the same learning curve, they reverse this child/adult divide. Hence, "the disappearance of childhood."

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April 29, 2011 – Started Reading
April 29, 2011 – Finished Reading
April 30, 2011 – Shelved

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