#177 – A Live Presentation on Technology and The Millennials

photo of mic, mic flag, and recorder

This is presentation I gave at Sonoma State University. As in several previous semesters, Dr. Shepherd Bliss invited me to be a guest speaker in his psychology class, The Person in Society. I tried to make the session interactive, though I ended up talking more than I intended. You will hear comments and reactions from a number of students in the class as well as some very spirited rejoinders from Shepherd.

My comments on technology will be familiar from conversations you’ve heard here between me and my friend Jerry Trumbule. In particular, I refer to the Atlantic Magazine article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, to the Business Week article “Marketing to Millennials,” to the Esquire article “The Unspeakable Odyssey of The Motionless Boy,” and a Santa Rosa Press Democrat article “Baby Online.”

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  1. Jerry Trumbule
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Hey Dr. Dave:
    Another great show with worthwhile participation by the students. Even the occasional buzzing didn’t slow it down. I want to add another reference to the “Is the Internet making us stupid” discussion. This article
    is more in line with my own personal experience.

    I imagine that when reading first became popular, people raised the same issue, perhaps contending that reading was distracting us from experiencing nature directly and would diminish our observational skills.

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  2. Heather Gout
    Posted October 20, 2008 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Dave,

    A good episode, I thought, until you’re colleague broke in to disagree with you. I’m afraid I switched off then, because I thought it was verging on paranoia, and an overreaction. Perhaps you got the microphone back eventually, and put some balance on his perspective. I don’t mind being told about dangers, provided the person telling doesn’t seem a bit panicked. If they are, I worry whether they have got scared before they really examined all sides of the issue.

    But I admire your open minded approach, and wouldn’t want you to change that. Thanks so much for these podcasts.

    Northamptonshire, England

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