The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's under-thirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings.
His premise is simple but chilling. Bauerlein argues that on a daily basis "The Dumbest Generation" willfully abandons the kinds of intellectual pursuits that typically transform immature youths into responsible, sophisticated citizens, exchanging them for the alluring, yet mind-n ...more
I feel horribly insulted.
I mean, seriously. Are you saying that ALL young people today are dumb? That's pretentious and arrogant. Excuse me, but I don't spend all my time on social networking- in fact, very few hours indeed. And when I do, it's to talk to people who have similar interests, and who post in a very dignified, informational way.
HUGE eye-roll at the no-reading section. I'm 13 years old, and I've read more than 50 books this year, and I have the second highest point scor ...more
I was going to tell you all the reasons why this book fails to prove itself as anything more than typical generational angst and ageist fear mongering.
Unfortunately for me, I am illiterate due to the Internet.
It is also the fault of the Leftists. And the video games. And the iPods. And MySpace. Etc.
The fact that the current generati ...more
Bauerlein argues that even though we live in a ...more
As Bauerlain states, younger people (and I'm one of the under-30s; just barely, though) ha ...more
I feel like the few hours I spent reading this book would have been better ...more
Kids these days...playing around with their ipods and updating their myspace pages all day.
When I was their age I was reading The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom...it made a big impression on me as I've rehashed more or less the whole book here.
I used to listen to Jazz when I was a kid. My parents didn't get it because they were squares. Now kids listen to Rock which is a much less intellectually rich form of music...I assume so because I don't listen to any of it myself.
The author reveals some startling statistics about the massive increase in viewing TV, video and internet content, the decline of intellectual pursuits and the attitude of arrogance associated with "alliterates". The word "alliterate" means a person who knows how to read, ...more
1. 24/7 digital connectivity (a.k.a. social networking, Internet 2.0) tends to exacerbate the peer-pressured, anti-intellectual predispositions of American youth. It didn't cause it, but it makes it worse.
2. Facility with technology is not the same thing as intelligence.
3. Reading books and reading online aren't the same. Reading books both encourages and requires long periods of focused att ...more
It made me laugh so I made sure to underline it.
I'm not afraid of being analyzed by the former generation, and as it is, this book didn't personally offend me for my own sake, but it did offend me for the sake of his own charge. It was sl ...more
Two chapters in and I already feel like hurling this book out the window. I felt bombarded with a staggering number of statistics, all basically telling me that my generation is spoiled rotten with entertainment while we cease to retain anything worthwhile for the "adult" world, turning us into ignorant, insolent people.
This book feels like it was not intended to be read by "The Dumbest Generation." I roundly sus ...more
I was wrong.
The year of my birth puts me right on the borderline between Gen X and the Millenials, and as a teacher, I work with this generation every day, so I have something of a vested interest in th ...more
In my "review" of Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, i wrote that the first 2 chapters of The Dumbest Generation felt like a complete 180: whereas Brokaw provided no data to support the titular thesis that everyone of the generation that preceded his was inherently worthwhile and therefore should be revered as The Greatest, i anticipated (admit ...more
Things the book says
* Bauerlein argues that digital technology does not deliver on the promises its promoters have made. The millennials are told, from the moment they start mixing and Facebooking, that they see things in a different way, they are the digital generation, and that they are great. But these new skills don’t translate into ...more
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