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The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)

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This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings.

The Dumbest Generation is a dire report on the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American democracy and culture.

 

For decades, concern has been brewing about the dumbed-down popular culture available to young people and the impact it has on their futures. But at the dawn of the digital age, many thought they saw an answer: the internet, email, blogs, and interactive and hyper-realistic video games promised to yield a generation of sharper, more aware, and intellectually sophisticated children. The terms “information superhighway” and “knowledge economy” entered the lexicon, and we assumed that teens would use their knowledge and understanding of technology to set themselves apart as the vanguards of this new digital era.

 

That was the promise. But the enlightenment didnt happen. The technology that was supposed to make young adults more aware, diversify their tastes, and improve their verbal skills has had the opposite effect. According to recent reports from the National Endowment for the Arts, most young people in the United States do not read literature, visit museums, or vote. They cannot explain basic scientific methods, recount basic American history, name their local political representatives, or locate Iraq or Israel on a map. The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future is a startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its impact on American culture and democracy.

 

Over the last few decades, how we view adolescence itself has changed, growing from a pitstop on the road to adulthood to its own space in society, wholly separate from adult life. This change in adolescent culture has gone hand in hand with an insidious infantilization of our culture at large; as adolescents continue to disengage from the adult world, they have built their own, acquiring more spending money, steering classrooms and culture towards their own needs and interests, and now using the technology once promoted as the greatest hope for their futures to indulge in diversions, from MySpace to multiplayer video games, 24/7.

 

Can a nation continue to enjoy political and economic predominance if its citizens refuse to grow up? Drawing upon exhaustive research, personal anecdotes, and historical and social analysis, The Dumbest Generation presents a portrait of the young American mind at this critical juncture, and lays out a compelling vision of how we might address its deficiencies. The Dumbest Generation pulls no punches as it reveals the true cost of the digital age—and our last chance to fix it.

 

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"From the title forward, Emory University English professor Bauerlein's curmudgeonly screed lets the generalizations run wild. Dismissing the under-30 crowd as 'drowning in their own ignorance and aliteracy,' Bauerlein repeatedly laments how 'teens and 20-year olds love their blogs and games, and they carry the iPod around like a security blanket.' Rather than descend into a 'maelstrom of youth amusements' (i.e., 'rapping comments into a blog'), Bauerlein would have youngsters delve into the great books. (Nip ignorance in the bud, he reasons, because once adulthood sets in, 'It's too late to read Dante and Milton.') Bauerlein's considerable research is obvious, but has he ever read a well-edited blog or interviewed an intellectually curious and tech-savvy student? Instead, he writes in a black-and-white myopia that comes close to self-parody; indeed, if it's true that 'Twixters 22-to-30-year-olds don't read, tour museums, travel, follow politics, or listen to any music but pop and rap, much less...lay out a personal reading list,' one can't help but wonder why Bauerlein, as an educator, doesn't take some responsibility." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults, "The Dumbest Generation" reveals the disturbing, and ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is producing a nation of know-nothings.

Synopsis:

This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings.

About the Author

Mark Bauerlein is a professor of English at Emory University and has worked as a director of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw studies about culture and American life. He lives with his family in Atlanta.

Table of Contents

The Dumbest Generation Preface to the Paperback Edition

Introduction

One. Knowledge Deficits

Two. The New Bibliophobes

Three. Screen Time

Four. Online Learning and Non-Learning

Five. The Betrayal of the Mentors

Six. No More Culture Warriors

Bibliography

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781585426393
Subtitle:
How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future(Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
Author:
Bauerlein, Mark
Author:
Bauerlain, Mark
Publisher:
Tarcher
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Young adults
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Young adults -- United States -- Attitudes.
Subject:
Internet - Social aspects - United States
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090514
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.23x6.11x.94 in. .96 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From the title forward, Emory University English professor Bauerlein's curmudgeonly screed lets the generalizations run wild. Dismissing the under-30 crowd as 'drowning in their own ignorance and aliteracy,' Bauerlein repeatedly laments how 'teens and 20-year olds love their blogs and games, and they carry the iPod around like a security blanket.' Rather than descend into a 'maelstrom of youth amusements' (i.e., 'rapping comments into a blog'), Bauerlein would have youngsters delve into the great books. (Nip ignorance in the bud, he reasons, because once adulthood sets in, 'It's too late to read Dante and Milton.') Bauerlein's considerable research is obvious, but has he ever read a well-edited blog or interviewed an intellectually curious and tech-savvy student? Instead, he writes in a black-and-white myopia that comes close to self-parody; indeed, if it's true that 'Twixters 22-to-30-year-olds don't read, tour museums, travel, follow politics, or listen to any music but pop and rap, much less...lay out a personal reading list,' one can't help but wonder why Bauerlein, as an educator, doesn't take some responsibility." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults, "The Dumbest Generation" reveals the disturbing, and ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is producing a nation of know-nothings.
"Synopsis" by ,
This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings.

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