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Friday, August 20, 2010

The Myth of the Internet Generation (part 5)

This week has been devoted to discussing an article found at Spiegel Online discussing the internet generation. Catch up with part 1, 2, 3, and 4.

For all the advantages the internet generation have with familiarity and ubiquity of the medium, they aren't all that good at using it.

And because teenagers are basically inexperienced, they are all the more likely to overestimate their own abilities. "They think they're the real experts," Scheppler says. "But when it comes down to it, they can't even google properly."

When they try to search for something they just start randomly typing keywords with no real logic or method. They often discard valid resources as they skim over the results. The overload of media have left the internet generation somewhat crippled in their ability to sort and categorize it.

When it comes to dealing with Scripture they are in, if anything, worse shape. They have very little facility with the books of the bible or the general layout of old and new testaments. When preaching to the internet generation it's essential to give them time and clues to find the passage on their own. This is one reason I oppose projecting scriptures. Though it's not always bad to show the verses on the screen, it serves to disembody the text of the sermon from the rest of the bible.

What do you think?

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