In November 2014, Howard Gardner travelled to Hong Kong to deliver two talks and to accept an honorary degree from the Hong Kong Institute of Education at the commencement ceremony celebrating that institution’s twentieth year.
During his visit, Gardner spoke with reporters about The App Generation, his book about the effects of digital media on youth, co-authored with Professor Katie Davis.
Three articles have now been published in Hong Kong newspapers in relation to Gardner’s visit. Please click on the article titles below to view the full texts.
- “Digital Technology Overthrows Traditional Social Mobalisation,” (Chinese version available here), Hong Kong Economic Journal, by Benny Kwok, which discusses the implications of personal technology for the political landscape, focusing on the Occupy movement in Hong Kong
- “Technology doesn’t make us ‘Appy: young Hongkongers ‘depressed by social media’,” South China Morning Post, by Kate Whitehead, in which Gardner gives an overview of the potentially limiting effects of digital media on identity, intimacy, and imagination
- “Why giving smartphones to five-year-olds isn’t such a bright idea,” South China Morning Post, by Kelly Yang, which draws on Gardner and Davis’s paradigm of app-enabled versus app-dependent use of devices and programs
As this collection of articles and other international press coverage has indicated, the ideas and research detailed in The App Generation have cross-cultural relevancy.