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Poindexter (journalism, Univ. of Texas, Austin) begins her book with a provocative question: Who or what is responsible for the rejection of news by the millennial generation? However, unfortunately, her study of the news engagement habits of young adults fails to shore up the assertion implicit in her question. Follow-up questions such as, "What would a society in which news consumers are extinct be like?" are intriguing, but Poindexter's study does not show that young adults today no longer consume news--rather, many consume, and redistribute, news in different media such as social networks and Twitter. Poindexter's focus on the shift from traditional print-based media is certainly important. However, rather than maintain this focus and examine related issues like the ethics of online news reporting, Poindexter attempts to argue that millennials are "left out of the news." The author brings up compelling issues, but in focusing on the millennial generation rather than examining the changes wrought by the shift from print to digital news, Poindexter relies on generational stereotypes and misses an opportunity to address a larger issue for journalism studies today. Summing Up: Optional. General readers, lower- and upper-division undergraduate students S. E. Vie Fort Lewis College
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