The Dumbest Generation Analysis

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O'connor, E. (2009). The dumbest generation: How the digital age stupefies young Americans and jeopardizes our future (or, don't trust anyone under 30), by Mark Bauerlein. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2008, $24.95 hardbound. Academic Questions, 22(2), 234-239. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12129-009-9102-1 In the article “No Child Left Offline” Erin O’Conner starts with a rhetorical beginning about a story of a Miss South Carolina model that was asked a question about how United States students couldn’t locate the United States on a map. Soon after, a survey was done that showed that a large amount of students could actually identify where the United States was on a map. O’Conner expresses his thought about the incident by stating, “What better forum for staging our cultural institutions’ role in propagating that cluelessness than the beauty pageant, with its seductive equation of gorgeousness with more substantial qualities such as intelligence and character?” By him saying this, he reveals his thought…show more content…
The millennial generation are people born from 1980 to 2000. The millennial generation is claimed to be lazy, narcissistic, and stunted in growth. A study showed that 58% more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982. It also talks about how the millennial generation have been patted on the back too much, because the millennials got so many participation awards growing up, they believe they should be promoted every two years. Not only that, most emerging adults 18 to 29 still live with their parents rather than a spouse. Stein also talks about how the millennial generation has a high likelihood of having unmet expectations with their careers. Also, early in the article it talks about how there isn’t enough people that want to be senators and CEO’s as there should
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