Analysis Of Ted Kolderie's The Dumbest Generation

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In Ted Kolderie’s review “Young People are All Right: The Problem is Adolescence”, he writes that The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein is a book that is an assault on anyone under the age of thirty. He mentioned how in his book, Bauerlein went over “how little people under thirty know, how little they read, and how their fascination with screens (television and computer) fails to produce learning.” He then talked about how the author is upset with the “digital enthusiasts” and those who tell the young people that they are a great generation. Kolderie then talked about the book The Case Against Adolescence written by psychologist from the University of California San Diego Robert Epstein, and how his argument was that “Adolescence infantilizes …show more content…
“These recomendations follow directly from the observed behavior of ordinary people in action online. Their screen reading, surfing, and searching habits dictate the terms of successful sites, and they mark an obdurate resistance to certain lower-order and high-order thinking skills, most important, the capacity to read carefully and to cognate analytically,” (152). Although one would think that the rebuttal would not be an important part of an argumentation method, it is important because it shows that the person arguing knows they can be wrong about what they are arguing about, and so they show a bit of the opposing side’s stand point. In Martin H. Levinson’s book review “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future”, he summarizes what the book is about and how it provides an abundant amount of data from studies done in colleges as well as through the government. He does not contradict the book as many other book reviewers have and he seems to agree with what Bauerlein mentioned in his book on how the Millennial generation buries their noses in the latest online

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