PBS Documentary: “Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier”

If you’ve got 90 minutes to watch a documentary on Digital Media Theory, check this out.

From the show description:

“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…. “In the early days of the Internet, it was easy for me to reassure people about what it would mean to bring digital technology into their lives,” says Rushkoff, who has authored 10 books on media, technology and culture. “Now I want to know whether or not we are tinkering with something more essential than we realize.”

Apparently you can view it online here too.

Thanks Boing Boing

3 responses to “PBS Documentary: “Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier”

  1. I was just jumping on here to post this…watching it right now:)

  2. “And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained?”

    This question (from the show’s description, as you note) is an important one to continually ask of ourselves, but it irks me that it’s framed under the guise of good versus bad.

    Digital media is so easy to single out, and no one ever asks if voraciously reading books promotes anti-social behavior (well Mikita Brottman, author of “The Solitary Vice: Against Reading”, does); but Jiminy Cricket, sound the alarms if I choose to play Little Big Planet on my PS3 for a few hours.

  3. ETA: my response came out more ranty and sarcastic than intended 🙂