Parents, Media and Panic through the Years

Kids Those Days

  • Karen┬áLeick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Karen Leick
    Pages 1-12
  3. Karen Leick
    Pages 13-28
  4. Karen Leick
    Pages 29-39
  5. Karen Leick
    Pages 41-65
  6. Karen Leick
    Pages 67-93
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 129-134

About this book


This book analyses articles that appeared in popular periodicals from the 1920s to the present, each revealing the panic that parents and adults have expressed about media including radio, television, video games and the Internet for the last century. Karen Leick argues that parents have continuously shown an intense anxiety about new media, while expressing a romanticized nostalgia for their own youth. Recurring tropes describe concerns about each "addictive" new media: children do not play outside anymore, lack imagination, and may imitate violent or other inappropriate content that they encounter. 


nostalgia popular magazines social media history of childhood juvenile delinquency

Authors and affiliations

  • Karen┬áLeick
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98318-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98319-6
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