Frontline: Digital Nation


My friend Denise shared this with me about a year and half ago, but hadn’t watched it until the other day. Very interesting commentary on why we like to be online so much. I’m using this for research for my book :)

Watch Digital Nation on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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  1. Wow. This is a fascinating subject for me. GREAT video, and I’m excited to watch the rest of it.

    I have been thinking about this very subject for the past few years–wondering how this increased connectivity will impact us from a purely human perspective. I remember it was such a rude awakening when we had a recently divorced friend over for dinner, and while we were talking after dinner, I kept responding to some texts from another friend. When our guest left our house, my wife turned to me and remarked how rude it was that I had been on my phone, ignoring my in-person guest the entire time. I looked back and agreed. It was remarkable. For some reason, I felt compelled to respond to ordinary, not-at-all emergency texts. Why?

    For thousands (or millions) of years we haven’t had this kind of connected technology. And abruptly, things have changed. Like that student who said that he doesn’t mind when his friend checks out of their conversation to respond to a text, because he is going to do it too–that is a BRAND NEW change in society. We are witnessing a significant change in behavior, right in front of us, that an entire generation thinks it is ok to totally tune someone out while they are talking. Something our grandparents would be appalled at.

    I wonder, how is that going to impact social relationships? How does a global change to a long-standing societal norm change things like respect, loyalty, listening? It’s crazy how significant it is, when you think about it. Does it draw us closer together as people? Or does it dull our senses to what is important for others, because EVERYTHING that is important is broadcasted to us in a deluge of daily status updates? After a while, just like we are numb to the horror of murders committed in other states because there are so many of them and the information is so freely available, I can’t help but feel that we will likewise become numb to the significant achievements and life changes of those around us–because the information is so freely available and broadcasted so publicly.

    Ok, this is becoming an essay now, so I’ll stop…but I am really fascinated by this subject. Great video.

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