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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)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mark Bauerlein
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Let's take stock of young America. Compared to previous generations, American youth have more schooling (college enrollments have never been higher); more money ($100 a week in disposable income); more leisure time (five hours a day); and more news and information (Internet, The Daily Show, RSS feeds). What do they do with all that time and money? They download, upload, IM, post, chat, and network. (Nine of their top ten sites are for social networking.) They watch television and play video games (2 to 4 hours per day).

    Scott Fabel says: "A Bit Too Whiny"
    "Ironically banal, dry, and unimpressive."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Boomer generation academics who pride themselves on their antiquated scholarly methods: reading texts in the library, spending an hour a day reading "objective" news in print media, and finding new ways to feign knowledge of social media like blogs, and MYSPACE by referencing those outlets as tech-savvy pursuits.


    Has The Dumbest Generation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but this book's self-congratulatory undertone seemed to laud those of us who grew up into our own ivory towers yet, in doing so, displayed just how droll that particular lifestyle can be.


    What didn’t you like about Danny Campbell’s performance?

    It would sedate even the most caffeinated group of statisticians. Very dry, very slow. Print version might serve the argument better (which is probably the point).


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The content touches a growing trend, but only tangentially. I agree with the educational and social trends, but the data used was unconvincing, and DATED (e.g., references to MySpace).


    Any additional comments?

    MySpace v. Facebook? Why is the FB not mentioned?

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