Digital Nation

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from how we learn and work to how we communicate and even conduct war. Frontline correspondent Douglas Rushkoff and producer Rachel Dretzin discuss Frontline’s documentary "Digital Nation," which investigates whether technology is moving faster than we can adapt to it. "Digital Nation" airs on PBS tonight at 9:00 pm.


Rachel Dretzin and Douglas Rushkoff

Comments [12]

contrabalance from NYC

Don't feed the troll.
And by troll, I mean Rushkoff.

Feb. 02 2010 02:53 PM
Amy from Manhattan

oil monkey [5]: On disposal, at least, yesterday's All Tech Considered had an interview with someone from, which takes used electronic devices for recycling and even pays for them. They also mentioned & 1 other one I can't remember--couldn't find it on their website yet, though.

Feb. 02 2010 02:01 PM

The two people im'ing each other did not want to be overheard. Kids do it all the time, esp when around their parents.

Feb. 02 2010 01:58 PM
rob from new york

the question isn't what impact the internet has on society, the question is how will society use the internet. like everything else, it is good and bad (e.g., good if you're using it to find long-lost relatives, bad if you're cyber-stalking). the inevitability of the internet's presence in our lives is clear, though, so I would think steps should be taken to embrace the internet and encourage positive/productive usage, and to nevertheless encourage personal interaction

Feb. 02 2010 01:55 PM
CJ from NY

Drones are apalling! Killing and violence is unacceptable already but drones are just plain cowardly!

Feb. 02 2010 01:55 PM
Cynthia from long island

Gaming is disturbing especially with adults on Facebook. My friend's younger brother told me he is more interested in his Facebook Farm than cultivating a relationship with a woman.

Feb. 02 2010 01:48 PM
armand from nyc

"We shape our tools...and then our tools shape us." - Marshall McLuhan

Feb. 02 2010 01:46 PM
oil monkey

How about some mention of how energy intensive all of this 'connectivity' is? The manufacture, use, maintenance, disposal, etc. of all of these 'devices' uses huge amounts of energy- unsustainable amounts. As we bump up against the natural resource and energy limits of the planet maintaining this level of connectivity will become a luxury for a few, and the rest of us may regret the day we allowed many simple skills to be lost to the temporary 'convenience' of technology.

Feb. 02 2010 01:43 PM
m from NJ

We should be thinking about how well college students who are "literally juggling 17 million things" are actually learning the material and developing and so on... but how about professors who use technology as a crutch? Have the guests looked at the rise of the "powerpoint lecture" on college campuses? Never mind smartboards, powerpoint is nearly become the default tool that professors use. I had a class which was cancelled once because the professor couldn't get the powerpoint to work. I wanted to shout "Pick up the chalk and teach!"

Feb. 02 2010 01:42 PM
Cynthia from long island

Why does this gentleman keep saying "we all" do? Why is he presuming to speak for everyone? I am not by ruled digital technology. My cell phone is off the majority of time. I have a regular telephone. I use maps. I have no blackberry or other handheld device. I am offended when people text at the dinner table. I bank at the bank.

Feb. 02 2010 01:39 PM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

The crossover from the real world to the virtual world is inevitable as the world population grows and resources become more scarce and costly, and as individuality continues to be stressed over communalism. By entering into the virtual role, one can mentally escape the hierarchical restraints on individual freedom. The virtual universe increasingly allows individuals to escape the unfair distribution of good fortune that otherwise limits many of us.
It doesn't matter what you look like, or your state of health or wealth. In the virtual world you can create the identity you wish you had been born with and form your virtual associations and fortunes. It is the inescapable wave of the future barring any catastrophic wars or natural disasters occurring in the real world.

Feb. 02 2010 01:32 PM
oil monkey

Please ask Douglas Rushkoff what happened to his 'Media Squat' podcast?!

Feb. 02 2010 01:31 PM

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