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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)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not necessarily the dumbest, but certainly one that doesn't seem to read

The hyperbole of the title it eyecatching; however, I take issue with the generation's being labeled the dumbest. The major thesis, it seems to me, is that the current generation of young people (my own children's age) is too much wired into instantaneous communication...
The hyperbole of the title it eyecatching; however, I take issue with the generation's being labeled the dumbest. The major thesis, it seems to me, is that the current generation of young people (my own children's age) is too much wired into instantaneous communication and only considers the immediate to be relevant.
I would submit that while the first part of the thesis is correct, the latter part is one probably applied by every generation to the one following it.
The book is something of an eye-opener for most people, I would think; however, as a retired teacher, I have seen this coming all along. I would submit that everyone would gain some benefir from reading it, but of course, the people that would gain the most benefit are the ones that the author is writing about.

posted by Virginian_by_Birth on July 26, 2009

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

One of the worst books I ever read

As a member of this so called, "Dumbest Generation," I am offended by this book, and have every right to be. Bauerlein makes no solutions as to how to fix this problem he calls the Digital Age. It's just a bunch of statistics that go on and on for pages. The statistics ...
As a member of this so called, "Dumbest Generation," I am offended by this book, and have every right to be. Bauerlein makes no solutions as to how to fix this problem he calls the Digital Age. It's just a bunch of statistics that go on and on for pages. The statistics are doing all of the talking. Bauerlein fails to mention his take on each statistic. I understand that he thinks my generation will fail, but why? He offers no strong theories or well developed arguments. Just a whole bunch of percentages and numbers and facts.

The theories he does expand on I found invalid. Saying that teenagers need to see more ballets and/or classical music concerts is absurd. He actually expects that of a busy school aged person? He even dares to call the Harry Potter Book series a fashion statement. He claims that kids read the books because their friends were, not because they actually wanted to read for fun. Most of the concepts he suggested I disagreed with. So much so, that I found it frustrating to read. I actually had to put down the book because I was so angered by his words.

I will be the first to agree that this younger generation is different and some things that we do will be bad. But this book will make everybody give up on our generation. There is a war between the older and younger generations according to Bauerlein, and this book did absolutely nothing to help either side. I see the potential and the innovations that the Digital Age has brought. But Mr. Bauerlein clearly has given up on the people who WILL one day be running this country.

I gave the book two stars because I felt one star would be too harsh for a guy who is clearly delusional and forgot that it is HIS generation who has made my generation the way it is.

posted by 10593454 on December 30, 2011

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    Posted February 16, 2009

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    A good topic focus but overly statistical!

    Generally was a good read. But I soon found myself skimming over the large amount of statistical data that took away from the larger theme of the emergent social problem with our "millinials". His point was not as compelling as it could have been given the subject and our current poor state of affairs in the education arena.<BR/>Having read another author on the subject just prior to this book, it was glaringly apparent that the previous book on this subject area was far better. Charles Murray's recent book is a reality check that clearly brought into focus for me the stark facts of our problem. I strongly recommend this book as opposed to Bauerlein's.

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