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Ethanz on Don Tapscott on the passing of the couch potato

Ethan Zuckerman reports — and he’s the best live-blogger there is — on Don Tapscott‘s stories at the BIF-5 conference.

Here’s a snippet of Ethan reporting on Don:

“If you spend 24 hours a week being a passive participant, consuming tv – as Baby Boomers did – you get a certain sort of brain.” If you spend those hours searching, researching and building connections, you get a very different brain.

Tapscott wants to refute the idea that the internet is making kids dumb. There’s no data to support this, he tells us. Instead, we’re seeing radical societal change, especially around the structure of the family. Kids and parents get along as friends, and sometimes they move back in after graduation. He wonders, “is this the first time in history that we can learn from young people and their new culture of work and learning?”

By the way, Ethan told me the topics he was planning on covering in his own 20-minute BIF story. Fabulous. I hope he blogs that as well.

3 Responses to “Ethanz on Don Tapscott on the passing of the couch potato”

  1. Kids moving back in with their parents after graduation has nothing to do with participation on the ‘net, and everything to do with the general economy. Tapscott generally blows smoke when it comes to his “theories” on the change in family dynamic.

    And the answer to the question, “is this the first time in history…?” is no. It’s happened twice before that society has become this disrupted, and it will happen again. (Someone should tell Don that history began longer than 50 years ago…)

  2. Wow,

    I can hardly believe it. Old people acknowledging that young people have something useful to share with them. Besides dismissing them as being young enough to be able to find things on the internet.

    As a formerly young person who is annoyed and bothered by old, dare I say, ignorant people, ‘He wonders, “is this the first time in history that we can learn from young people and their new culture of work and learning?”’ Is one of the most optimistic views I have heard! Hurrah!

    Russell

  3. Which two episodes of societal disruption were you thinking of, Mark?

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