Neil Postman's Argumentative Analysis

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Neil Postman suggests that it could been as a positive if parents are unable to afford the technology consumers pressure and target children to invest in because he claims that ‘the uncontrolled growth of technology destroys the vital sources of our humanity. It creates a culture without a moral foundation. It undermines certain mental processes and social relations that make human life worth living’ (Postman, 1993: 1). Therefore, technology deprives children of all their innocence in many overt and convert ways and because of its power, children are taught to obtain knowledge at a rapid pace. If technology is introduced to early childhood it takes away face-to-face learning according to Postman, real human communication is lost and simple …show more content…
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