Author(s): Mark Bauerlein
This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of todayas underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings.
aIf youare the parent of someone under 20 and read only one non-fiction book this fall, make it this one. Bauerleinas simple but jarring thesis is that technology and the digital culture it has created are not broadening the horizon of the younger generation; they are narrowing it to a self-absorbed social universe that blocks out virtually everything else.a
aDon Campbell, "USA Today"
aAn urgent and pragmatic book on the very dark topic of the virtual end of reading among the young.a
aNever have American students had it so easy, and never have they achieved less. . . . Mr. Bauerlein delivers this bad news in a surprisingly brisk and engaging fashion, blowing holes in a lot of conventional educational wisdom.a
aCharles McGrath, "The New York Times"
aIt wouldnat be going too far to call this book the "Why Johnny Canat Read" for the digital age.a
aThroughout "The Dumbest Generation," there are . . . keen insights into how the new digital world really is changing the way young people engage with information and the obstacles they face in integrating any of it meaningfully. These are insights that educators, parents, and other adults ignore at their peril.a
aLee Drutman, "Los Angeles Times"