Yet just another vapid but scary article on yahoo about the ascendancy of spiritually and morally bankrupt narcissistic drones coming to kill the unenlightened. The reviewed author Don Tapscott talks about "Net gen-ers":
"They are a generation with really strong values of integrity"
This statement would tell us that the generation in question has no integrity to speak of. Values of integrity? What in all the blazing heaps of horse shit is that supposed to mean? It's a bunk statement. You can reverse the order of the words and it would make no difference: They are a generation with a really strong integrity of values. They have integrity with really strong generation values. They value a generation with really strong integrity. They are a really strong value of generation integrity. They generation integrity values strong really. Blah blah blah.
"Don Tapscott says those weaned on the Internet - people born roughly between 1977 and 1997 - are more politically savvy, socially engaged and family-centred than society gives them credit for."
Oh really? That would include me. Me! Me! I am more politically savvy, socially engaged and family-centred than society gives me credit for! I am way better (and to say that means I must be family-centred) than all those before me who were politically unconfident, socially unengaged and not family-centred (yes, all those people before me who partook of those three things without depositing "I" as a precursor), even though political confidence, social engagement and family-centeredness are merely the natural foundations that go into the make-up of every single human person ever before and ever to come on the face of this planet in whatever degrees, including the most psychopathic, and is therefore nothing special to boast about, but never mind.
"This is the first time in human history when children are an authority about something really important," said Tapscott, author of a dozen books on the use of technology in society including "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything" and "Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology."
Even the titles of his books are stupid and self-negating: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. For the sake of argument, if the entire globe were "collaborating", then what are they collaborating on? Something really important. How do we know it is something really important? Because children are an authority on it for the first time in human history (the ones who weren't aborted). The children are an authority on what? On something really important. What is really important? That children are an authority on it for the first time in human history.
""Still, he acknowledges there are widespread stereotypes and fears about this group. They've repeatedly been called lazy, unmotivated, dumb and narcissistic, said Tapscott.
"None of this is supported by the data," he said, pointing to IQ scores and college graduation levels to support his thesis.
"We've always been uneasy about young people," but the fact that today they are authorities on all things Internet is "a real formula for disruption, and for challenging many institutions. We fear what we don't understand.""
Uh, what about the narcissistic part? "None of this is supported by the data," he said, pointing to IQ scores and college graduation levels to support his thesis. You know when a generation is narcissistic when they point to their authoritive "data" and IQ scores as proof that they are not narcissistic. They are a real formula for disruption, and for challenging many institutions. They are not lazy because they are authorities on all things Internet. They are motivated because they want to cause disruption and challenge many institutions. They are smart because they graduate from dumbed-down colleges and regard information and data as wisdom. They are not narcissistic because they look outside of themselves only to cause disruption.
""Today, the 11-year-old at the breakfast table is an authority on a digital revolution that's changing every institution in society."
He outlines eight "norms" of this generation, such as prizing freedom of choice and customization - adapting work stations, cellphones and so on - at work and play. They are skeptics when presented with information online and elsewhere, and expect speedy responses when buying items on the web."
Yes, their norms (read: standards) are these: freedom of choice (the "right" not to be told they cannot do whatever they feel like doing) and fiddling with their gadgets while disbelieving anything presented to their senses, and expecting their web-purchased items to arrive at their door step nearly immediately or else it will provoke their wrath. Oh no; no narcissism there.
"Tapscott said his latest research filled him with hope because "Net gen-ers are smarter, quicker and more tolerant of diversity than their predecessors.""
Quicker in what ways? Smarter in what ways? Let's subtract one element, lets say...electricity - and then ask the question. Quicker in what ways? Smarter in what ways? More tolerant of diversity than their predecessors in what ways? But don't you love that last part? More tolerant of diversity than their predecessors. One thing is sure: you have to be one of the most bigoted, subtly intolerant, head-up-your-own-ass arrogant, perfectly blind persons to read that sentence and feel, with a nice, harmless, self-assured feeling, that it applies to you.