Children are the living messages we send
to a time we will not see.
dividing line between childhood and adulthood in
three ways: first, because it requires no instruction
to grasp its form; second, because it does not make
complex demands on either mind or behavior; and
third, because it does not segregate its audience.
Postman paints a bleak picture. What he suggests is to limit media’s access to children (not the other way around, hmmm) both by limiting exposure and content and by always critiquing what you watch/hear with your children.
The shock of twentienth-century technology
numbed our brains and we are just beginning
to notice the spiritual and social debris that our
technology has strewn about us.
but develops no skills.
As Damerall points out,
“No child or adult becomes better at
watching television by doing more of it.
What skills are required are so elemental
that we have yet to hear
of a television viewing disability.”
Since I read this book, I’ve noticed other people noticing the loss of childhood: this New York Times op-ed piece, this tabloid cover I saw at the grocery store.
against American culture…To insist that one’s children learn the
discipline of delayed gratification, or modesty in their sexuality,
or self-restraint in manners, language and style is to place
oneself in opposition to almost every social trend.