Monday, May 14, 2012

Mark Bauerlein on Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking

Join me Tuesday, May 15th, for live and interactive Future of Education conversation with Mark Bauerlein to talk about his new book, The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking, and how this reflects our perspectives on teaching and learning.

This is an incredible compilation of essays by significant thinkers--ten of whom, including Mark, have been guests on the Future of Education show--on the "perils and promise of the social- media revolution," and frames the important discussions about the development of our digital culture back to 1996! There are contributions by Mark Presnky, Steven Johnson, Maryanne Wolf, Jim Gee, Gary Small, Nicholas Carr, Don Tapscott, Douglas Rushkoff, Maggie Jackson, Clay Shirky, Sherry Turkle, Henry Jenkins, Cathy Davidson, John Palfry, Tim O'Reilly, Andrew Keen, and more. From the publisher's description:
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. 
Date: Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8 pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at

Mark Bauerlein earned his doctorate in English at UCLA in 1988. He has taught at Emory since 1989, with a two-and-a-half year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director, Office of Research and Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts. Apart from his scholarly work, he publishes in popular periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He came on the show in January of 2010 to speak with us about his other book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30

1 comment:

  1. Steve,
    Let me weigh in on this. What we are facing here is a gap between the generations. Conservative families prefer to control what their children are exposed to which explains much of home schooling. Some home schooling hides abuse. Some allows bright children to move at their own speed.
    Online education is good because it connects the world. The people who do not like it are mostly conservative. They prefer to live by myths and fear than to embrace diversity


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