For decades, concern has been brewing about the dumbed-down popular culture available to young people and its impact on their futures. The terms “information superhighway” and “knowledge economy” entered the lexicon, and we assumed that teens would use their knowledge and understanding of technology to become the vanguards of this new digital era. Drawing upon exhaustive research, personal anecdotes, and historical and social analysis, the author presents an uncompromisingly realistic portrait of the young American mind at this critical juncture of the digital age and lays out a compelling vision of how we might address its deficiencies.
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