Sunday, February 7, 2010

Our Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier

Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we've gained?

In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Continuing a line of investigation she began with the 2008 FRONTLINE report Growing Up Online, award-winning producer Rachel Dretzin (right) embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations.

Joining Dretzin on this journey is commentator Douglas Rushkoff (left), a leading thinker and writer on the digital revolution -- and one-time evangelist for technology's positive impact who now seems to question whether or not we are tinkering with something more essential than we realize.

The Digital Nation Web site launched more than 10 months before the broadcast as part of FRONTLINE's first multiplatform project, publishing short online video reports in addition to a producers' blog and a mosaic of user-generated content called Your Stories designed to let visitors participate in the documentary process. The site also features embeddable video, and an archive of online events with expert guests. Self-guided online workshops for teachers and parents can be found there.

Click on the heading above to go to the Digital Nation site and see the video.


Randy Ziegenfuss said...

Hi Marty

Henry Jenkins posted a great response to the Digital Nation program:


Martin Rayala, Ph.D. said...

Hi Randy,

Thanks for highlighting Henry's response. The back and forth discussion online might be the most useful aspect of the entire investigation of the issues.

Henry Jenkins and the rest of the editorial board for the Journal of Media Literacy will be discussing how to cover this topic in a traditional print journal that I will be editing. So, we will have a video format, an internet format, and a traditional print format by which to explore these issues.