The Death of "why?"

The Death of "why?"

The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy

Book - 2009
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Trends among today's youth suggest a serious deficiency in the ability to ask questions, which is a crucial skill. The number of young people who follow current events is at an all-time low. About a third of those younger than 25 (34%) say they get no news on a typical day, up from 25% in 1998. Online social networking sites make it easy for young people to be connected but not engaged. This technology can be harnessed to create an informed citizenry that participates in its democraticprocesses -- if we recognize its potential and act accordingly. The future is a moving target, and it will require a populace that can tackle tomorrow's challenges with critical, thoughtful engagement. In this book, Batista Schlesinger offers both a penetrating socio-cultural critique of our current path and a way forward for cultivating inquiry among our youngest generation.
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler, c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781576755853
Branch Call Number: 306.432 SCHLESIN
Characteristics: viii, 254 pages ; 22 cm.


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Aug 11, 2016

I am really skeptical and wary of books along these lines, and equally wary and skeptical of Andrea Batista Schlesinger.
First, at what time have Americans asked the next question, for goodness sakes?
When Ferdinand Lundberg wrote Treason of the People, I believe the date was either the 1950s, or perhaps 1960s?
This has been the case for quite some time, e.g., a movie recently came out covering Dan Rather's godawfully screwed up piece on George Bush missing his ANG meetings, still clueless as to the Real Story: George W. Bush never ever qualified as either an officer, nor a pilot - - end of story!
A whole bunch of people still haven't asked the next question and they are of an age! [How many democrats in Florida in 2000 voted for Bush over Gore? As opposed to the much smaller number who voted for Nader!]


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