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The digital divide : arguments for and against Facebook, Google, texting, and the age of social networking
Title:
The digital divide : arguments for and against Facebook, Google, texting, and the age of social networking
ISBN:
9781585428861
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2011.
Physical Description:
xiv, 354 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents:
Introduction / Mark Bauerlein -- The brain, the senses -- Digital natives, digital immigrants / Marc Prensky -- Do they really think differently? / Marc Prensky -- The Internet / Steven Johnson -- Learning to think in a digital world / Maryanne Wolf -- Learning theory, video games, and popular culture / James Gee -- Usability of websites for teenagers / Jakob Nielsen -- User skills improving, but only slightly / Jakob Nielsen -- Is Google making us stupid? / Nicholas Carr -- Your brain is evolving right now / Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan -- Social life, personal life, school -- Identity crisis / Sherry Turkle -- They call me cyberboy / Douglas Rushkoff -- The people's net / Douglas Rushkoff -- Social currency / Douglas Rushkoff -- The eight net gen norms / Don Tapscott -- Love online / Henry Jenkins -- We can't ignore the influence of digital technologies / Cathy Davidson -- Virtual friendship and the new narcissism / Christine Rosen -- Activists / John Palfrey and Urs Gasser -- The fate of culture -- Nomadicity / Todd Gitlin -- What is web 2.0? / Tim O'Reilly -- Web squared / Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle -- Web 2.0 / Andrew Keen -- Wikipedia and beyond / Katherine Mangu-Ward -- Judgment / Maggie Jackson -- A dream come true / Lee Siegel -- The end of solitude / William Deresiewicz -- Means / Clay Shirky.
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Summary:
Twitter, Facebook, e-publishing, blogs, distance-learning and other social media raise some of the most divisive cultural questions of our time. Some see the technological breakthroughs we live with as hopeful and democratic new steps in education, information gathering, and human progress. But others are deeply concerned by the eroding of civility online, declining reading habits, withering attention spans, and the treacherous effects of 24/7 peer pressure on our young. With The Dumbest Generation, Mark Bauerlein emerged as the foremost voice against the development of an overwhelming digital social culture. But The Digital Divide doesn't take sides. Framing the discussion so that leading voices from across the spectrum, supporters and detractors alike, have the opportunity to weigh in on the profound issues raised by the new media-from questions of reading skills and attention span, to cyber-bullying and the digital playground- Bauerlein's new book takes the debate to a higher ground.
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