Millennial Makeover

Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube & the Future of American Politics
by Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais [Rutgers]

Both descriptive and prophetic, Millennial Makeover attempts to describe tech-enabled civic engagement among the "Millennial" generation - the American generation currently coming into political consciousness. Taking up and extending theories about generational types (boomers, gen x-ers) and cyclical political shifts, the authors argue that tech-savvy and highly networked Millennials are ushering in a new civic and political realignment. Unfortunately, the book's closing sections, comprising predictions and challenges for this new generation, offer little more than trite platitudes. Finally, given its title, the book has surprisingly little of interest to say about MySpace, YouTube or other social networking services. -jl

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