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Every generation looks at the next, and wonders how those young people are going to survive. They never learned how to -- fill in the blank with whatever is the latest abomination by the following generation.

For instance, one could fill in the blank with words like: work, conserve, budget, interact, respect, exercise, and the list could go on and on. This generational ritual has been going on for centuries. It's almost as though each generation is scared to death to pass the baton to the next generation.

Has technology compounded the problem? When calculators were first used in schools, arms were thrown up and teachers exclaimed, "Oh my goodness those kids aren't going to learn how to add, subtract, multiple or divide in their heads." How will they ever survive?

Each successive generation seems to have bumbled through somehow, but are we justified in worrying about the Millennials (those born after 1980)? What does the future hold? To explore answers to this question, check out the following books at your library!

- The Way We Will Be 50 Years From Today; 60 of the World's Greatest Minds Share Their Vision of the Next Half Century, by Mike Wallace. The world is an uncertain place, which is why the future and the unknown absolutely fascinate us. Veteran television journalist Mike Wallace asked the question "What will life be like 50 years from now?" to 60 of the world's greatest minds. Their responses offer a fascinating glimpse into the cultural, scientific, political, and spiritual moods of the times. Edited and with an introduction by Mike Wallace, this book provides an imaginative and thought-provoking look into our collective soul and the critical issues that underlie our hopes, prayers, fears, and dreams for life in the 21st century.

- The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, by Mark Bauerlein. This shocking, lively exposure of the intellectual vacuity of today's under thirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a nation of know-nothings.

- The Wikipedia Revolution, by Andrew Lih. A Wikipedia expert tells the inside story of the trailblazing -- and incredibly popular -- open-source encyclopedia. Andrew Lih has been an administrator (a trusted user who is granted access to technical features) at Wikipedia for more than four years, as well as a regular host of the weekly Wikipedia podcast.

In The Wikipedia Revolution, he details the site's inception in 2001, its evolution, and its remarkable growth, while also explaining its larger cultural repercussions.

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