No one has failed to notice that the current generation of youth is deeply - some would say totally - involved with digital media. Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis name today’s young people The App Generation, and in this spellbinding book they explore what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled” and how life for this generation differs from life before the digital era.
Gardner and Davis are concerned with three vital areas of adolescent life: identity, intimacy, and imagination. Through innovative research, including interviews of young people, focus groups of those who work with them, and a unique comparison ofyouthful artistic productions before and after the digital revolution, the authors uncover the drawbacks of apps: they may foreclose a sense of identity, encourage superficial relations with others, and stunt creative imagination.
On the other hand, the benefits of apps are equally striking: they can promote a strong sense of identity, allow deep relationships, and stimulate creativity. The challenge is to venture beyond the ways that apps are designed to be used, Gardner and Davis conclude, and they suggest how the power of apps can be a springboard to greater creativity and higher aspirations.
©2013 Howard Gardner and Katie Davis (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I'm in the education industry working with teens and tweens, and so was genuinely attracted by the title and synopsis of this book. However, my enthusiasm to glean insights from the said interviews is really dampened at the time of this review; I am 1hr 20min into the book, and already feel like the author is meandering too far and needlessly deep into the background and peripheral knowledge supporting their research. For instance, simply the definition of the word "generation" took two separate instances of explanation and seem to go on and on.
Establishing the validity and context of the research is essential, but so far it actually feels like the author is extraordinarily desperate to convince the reader that whatever is coming further into the book (if it comes at all) is all solid truth. It's bewildering to me, considering how credible the author is widely known to be.
I'm bored out of my skull, and am constantly distracted in wondering WHY I am hearing so much unnecessary information. I might just return this book if it doesn't get down to the meat in the next chapter, as it sounds like it's worth only half the listed price.
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