The Seductive Screen

I’m reading The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, by Mark Bauerlein. Oh, I can hear the screams of anguish over that title from digital age apologists. I won’t argue the author’s arguments here. I’d rather you read this book and decide the truth for yourself. If you’re a parent it may open your eyes to a few myths prevalent in our society and cause you to question what your youngsters are doing with their time.

Even as someone who has been passionately interested in science and electronic technology from the age of seven, I’ve come to harbor serious doubts about the direction they’re taking us. . . ( read more )

On the other hand, if you’re not up for anything more than that teaser just now, please do register the following recommendation as an antidote to the message of Mark Bauerline’s book: Mindport’s around-the-corner neighbor, The American Museum of Radio and Electricity, offers excellent alternatives to excess screen time for people of all ages (as do we!). Check out their SPARK program and their ham radio classes . They’re two possible ways to moderate the screen habit and engage technology more creatively.

-Kevin Jones