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   And finally, the dumbest generation and if you are watching this webcast, that apparently means you. At least that is a theory of a professor of English at Emory University who’s written a book which basically argues that the internet is making people stupid.

   I am Mark Bauerlain, professor of English at Emory University. The book has a provocative title, the dumbest generation. How the digital age stupefies young Americans and jeopardize our future? Recent years though I have begun to look at youth culture, youth knowledge, youth academic achievements and what has come up? One more, is the things don’t look good. Young people today enjoy more and more digital connections, more screen time than ever before. And one of the facts is that they are steadily disengaging from the traditional contents, the liberal arts. One of the things we measured was how much people read literature and how much they read books in general.

   And first time we did the study was in 1982. At that time young people formed the most active reading group. And we did it again in 2002. They were the least active. Only about half of them ever read a book. On the round it is not assigned for school, it is not  assigned in a work place. They simply don’t care. The internet is extraordinary, it is miraculous, too awful tool for knowledge and information. But the fact is, that is not what the internet means to the average 16-year-old. The internet does provide more intense form of contact with other 16-year-olds.

  You know I do often tell my students: read more books, please read more books in your leisure time. Unplugged for just an hour or two per day. And I urge them, and they generally just laugh at me. Some of them may feel that I come down to them too hard. But they know deep down that this is right.

[ 本帖最后由 danniawu 于 2008-6-10 12:17 编辑 ]
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