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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-11-2008, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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8 reasons this generation is the dumbest

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/gall...eneration?pg=2

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1. They make excellent "Jaywalking'' targets

Bauerlein writes: "The ignorance is hard to believe ... It isn't enough to say that these young people are uninterested in world realities. They are actively cut off from them. ... They are encased in more immediate realities that shut out conditions beyond -- friends, work, clothes, cars, pop music, sitcoms, Facebook.''

2. They don't read books -- and don't want to, either

"It's a new attitude, this brazen disregard of books and reading. Earlier generations resented homework assignments, of course, and only a small segment of each dove into the intellectual currents of the time, but no generation trumpeted aliteracy ... as a valid behavior of their peers.''

3. They can't spell

Lack of capitalization and IM codes dominate online writing. Without spellcheck, folks are toast.

4. They get ridiculed for original thought, good writing

"On MySpace, if you write clearly and compose coherent paragraphs with informed observations on history and current events, 'buddies' will make fun of you,'' Bauerlein says. Wikipedia writing is clean and factual, but colorless and judgment-free. Often the most clever students, with flashes of disorganized brilliance on MySpace, switch to dull Wiki-writing formats for school papers, he says. "If we could combine the style and imagination of MySpace with the content of Wikipedia, we might get good stuff."

5. Grand Theft Auto IV, etc.

The stats tell the story here. First week's sales: $500 million. The sales of GTA dwarf movie premieres, CD sales, or, Bauerlein notes, book sales. All that video use, Bauerlein says, has hurt in the classroom, too. Thousands of Massachusetts public school graduates are ending up in remedial reading and writing classes in college, according to a Globe story.

6. They don't store the information

"For digital immigrants, people who are 40 years old who spent their college time in the library acquiring information, the Internet is really a miraculous source of knowledge,'' Bauerlein says. "Digital natives, however, go to the Internet not to store knowledge in their minds, but to retrieve material and pass it along. The Internet is just a delivery system.''

7. Because their teachers don't tell them so

Or because their parents don't check their bedrooms at midnight to halt the instant messaging..."Kids are drowning in teen stuff delivered 24/7 by the tools, and adult realities can't penetrate," Bauerlein says. Another factor: "It's the era of child-centered classrooms and self-esteem grading.''

8. Because they're young

Do you remember how stupid you were when you were a teen-ager? Or all that you didn't know -- and thought you did? And the skills you gained by holding back on foolish comments? Oh, the now-old guy in this picture? He once wrote: "I was so much older then/I'm younger than that now.''
whatchu all think?

seems to me the writer is a bit of a dumbass. but part of me knows there is truth behind it. but just because we have the internet doesn't mean that we're dumber. it means we dont have to waste time with biased television/radio and can access information that much quicker.

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Wikipedia writing is clean and factual, but colorless and judgment-free.
Yup, the writer is clearly an idiot who believes anything. That said, there is still truth in what he writes.
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With the direction our society is going, it won't be long before the matrix really does become a reality. Current generations and those to come will suffer severely from information overload. We already do, look at the folks who must check their email every so often, or are constantly checking their blackberries.

Imagine if the internet was suddenly turned off!!!
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With the direction our society is going, it won't be long before the matrix really does become a reality. Current generations and those to come will suffer severely from information overload. We already do, look at the folks who must check their email every so often, or are constantly checking their blackberries.

Imagine if the internet was suddenly turned off!!!
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5. Grand Theft Auto IV, etc.

The stats tell the story here. First week's sales: $500 million. The sales of GTA dwarf movie premieres, CD sales, or, Bauerlein notes, book sales. All that video use, Bauerlein says, has hurt in the classroom, too. Thousands of Massachusetts public school graduates are ending up in remedial reading and writing classes in college, according to a Globe story.
So let's see... $500 mil at $60 a pop. That's roughly 8.3 million games sold. In the first week. Weird, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold a record of 8.3 million copies sold in the US ALONE in one day. Wonder who's reading all those books...
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