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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) (Hardback) By (author) Mark Bauerlein

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    DescriptionThis shocking, lively exposure of the intellectual vacuity of today's under thirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a nation of know-nothings. Can a nation continue to enjoy political and economic predominance if its citizens refuse to grow up? For decades, concern has been brewing about the dumbed-down popular culture available to young people and the impact it has on their futures. At the dawn of the digital age, many believed they saw a hopeful answer: The Internet, e-mail, 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 didn?t happen. The technology that was supposed to make young adults more astute, diversify their tastes, and improve their verbal skills has had the opposite effect. According to recent reports, 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" is a startling examination of the intellectual life of young adults and a timely warning of its consequences for American culture and democracy. Drawing upon exhaustive research, personal anecdotes, and historical and social analysis, Mark Bauerline presents an uncompromisingly realistic portrait of the young American mind at this critical juncture, and lays out a compelling vision of how we might address its deficiencies.


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    Title
    The Dumbest Generation
    Subtitle
    How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Bauerlein
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 550 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781585426393
    ISBN 10: 1585426393
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: MED
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA, JFD
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: TEC052000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17420
    DC22: 302.231
    BISAC V2.8: PSY002000
    B&T Approval Code: A93661500, A31603640, A80090000
    DC21: 302.231
    DC22: 302.23/1
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: HQ799.7 .B38 2008
    LC subject heading: ,
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Jeremy P Tarcher
    Publication date
    01 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Los Angeles