Annotated Bibliography

Thompson, Clive. “The Dumbest Generation? No, Twitter Is Making Kids Smarter…”The Globe and Mail. N.p., 13 Sept. 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. <>.


This article makes the argument that digital media is making kids think and write more critically than ever before. One of the approaches that they took to prove their claim was very interesting. They believed that the only way to compare kids progress today was to compare their writing works to that of their great grandparents. And they have found that student’s papers have exploded in length and complexity since 1917. In 1917, papers were only 162 words long and were personal narratives, while in 2006, papers increased in size six times and were more complex that used far more references and complex connections. This is a reflection of all the information that kids are able to access in the digital age. In general, people back in the day did little to no writing out of school, now kids are constantly writing. Not only are they writing more, but writing faster and more efficiently.

An argument has also been made in this article, that digital communication serves as a motivation to be literate. For example, if a family member or friend is literate and is participating in the widely available social media, it makes motivates one to participate in the media. The article provided an example of Eric Davey. Davey wrote a 14,000 word essay on a game at the age of 14 years old. The motivation came through a digital medium; games. In comparison, school only required him to write 500 to 1,000 word essays. The digital age provides a sense of purpose to people to write.



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