Last year, I noticed that a new genre of nonfiction book had been born. They were the “higher education is off-course” books. In fact, I read parts of many of them. Each painted a gloomy picture for the future of higher education. Perhaps today’s activism to reform higher education is the outgrowth of those books.
If so, we should brace ourselves for a reform of the digital age. At a talk today, I became aware of another new genre: the “digital technology is rotting our minds” theme, such as Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, Nicholas Carr‘s The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brainsand several other “disconnect or die” titles.
It makes me wonder why Americans like to read books that tell frightening tales of the dangers of our everyday activities – and then go on doing them while preaching the danger to others. Weird.