Mark Bauerlein is an English professor at Emory, and he speaks like one — calmly and confidently, like conversation is just another lecture on late Romantic poetry. In his 2008 bestseller The Dumbest Generation, Bauerlein made a name for himself by arguing that “the digital age stupefies young Americans and jeopardizes our future,” as he says.
His new book, The Digital Divide, debuted this week and places Internet optimists and pessimists from the past 15 years in a conversation about how the web affects society. As editor, he wanted to “give a little mini-history, a series of statements about digital technology and social networking, and deliver it to people so they can read what the most trenchant and powerful voices have said on both sides of the issue.”
We recently spoke with Bauerlein about his books and who's to blame for this whole Internet thing.