And especially if the article is filled with banalities – partly put in the mouth of the “authority” of professor Mark Bauerlein – like:
The bad thing about [Facebook] is that it gives a venue to everybody with an opinion.
Teenagers, high school and college students [...] are spending so much time engaged in digital electronic activities that they are losing the capacity to sit quietly in a room by themselves and read a book.
We’re about to turn our country over to a generation that doesn’t read much and doesn’t think much either.
Text messaging does not involve writing coherent, elegant paragraphs that involve sustained arguments and presentations of evidence. It’s just another way where kids teach each other bad habits.
The author is Richard Bernstein, a New York Times book critic and International Herald Tribune columnist. He was born in 1944 and he makes it show in this article (unfortunately, as there are many people of his age who are mentally a lot younger).
Sorry Bernstein, but you are behaving like an old man.
Why on earth is the International Herald Tribune publishing this crap?