Now, Get Off of My Lawn!
May 14, 2008 9:09 AM Subscribe
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Emory University English Professor Mark Bauerlein
's new book
, The Dumbest Generation
: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future
posits that "[t]he dawn of the digital age once aroused our hopes: the Internet, e-mail, blogs, and interactive and ultra-realistic video games promised to yield a generation of sharper, more aware, and intellectually sophisticated children....we assumed that teens would use their know-how and understanding of technology to form the vanguard of this new, hyper-informed era. That was the promise. But the enlightenment didn’t happen. The technology that was supposed to make young adults more astute, diversify their tastes, and improve their minds had the opposite effect." Some beg to differ
. An interview
with Mark Bauerlein; Bauerlein on CBS News
.8 Reasons Why This Is the Dumbest Generation
1. They make excellent "Jaywalking'' targets.
2. They don't read books -- and don't want to, either.
3. They can't spell.
4. They get ridiculed for original thought, good writing.
5. Grand Theft Auto IV, etc.
6. They don't store the information.
7. Because their teachers don't tell them so.
8. Because they're young.