The latest edition of Harpers magazine, Donovan Hohn shares an essay called “Moby-Duck, or, the Synthetic Wilderness of Childhood”. While telling the story of a load of rubber ducks that float across the oceans and around the world, Hohn explores society’s perceptions of childhood today. There is an entire section on how the way society views childhood allows for generations of young people to be consumed by consumption and alienated from one another and their communities.
The article is not online yet, but I will look for it. In the meantime, scan the magazine at your local bookstore – it is definitely worthwhile.