Ipolitics: Talking Government with the American Idol Generation

22 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2010


In this paper, I take a closer look at the Millennial generation. Specifically, I examine the political knowledge of these students and how they perceive of the political world. Then, I directly challenge the Millennial generation by asking them to read Mark Bauerlein’s The Dumbest Generation, which claims that the digital age does nothing but stupefy young Americans and ultimately jeopardize the future of the country. By doing so, I hope to clearly gather a picture of what the typical Millennial student looks and acts like, what are her behaviors when it comes to technology, what does she know about politics, and does she even care to learn more.

Keywords: introductory course, American government, millennial generation

Suggested Citation

Miller, William J., Ipolitics: Talking Government with the American Idol Generation. APSA 2010 Teaching & Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1546564 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1546564

William J. Miller (Contact Author)

Flagler College ( email )

74 King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
United States

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