Which Net Generation?

Dear MA:

There are two new books in our collection with radically different interpretations of today’s youth and the role technology is playing in learning. Which ones fits with your sense of the MA student body?


Grown up digital: how the net generation is changing your world /
Author(s) Tapscott, Don.
Local Call Num. 302.231 TAPSCOTT 2009
ISBN 9780071508636
Pages 368.
Publishing Info: New York: McGraw Hill, 2009.

Description: Presents the findings of a study involving 11,000 American youth born between 1980 and 2001, showing how technological innovations affect learning and social behavior of the “Net Generation” and American culture generally. The book argues that these people are remarkably talented, volunteer-oriented, socially adept, and that the future is bright as a result.

The Dumbest generation: how the digital age stupefies young Americans and jeopardizes our future /
Author(s) Bauerlein, Mark.
Local Call Num. 302.231 BAUERLEIN 2009
ISBN 9781585427123
Pages 253.
Publishing Info: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2009.

Description: Argues that technological innovations in the early 21st century, and particularly internet usage, is reducing reading, literacy and basic knowledge in American teenagers and young adults.

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