Rushkoff's Digital Nation documentary tonight on PBS

BB pal Douglas Rushkoff's new Frontline documentary airs on PBS tonight. Titled "Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier," the program looks at how constant connectivity is changing the way we work, live, and think. Check local listings or watch the entire program online. From the show description:
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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."
Frontline: Digital Nation - Life on the Virtual Frontier

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  1. I’m sad no one has commented on this. Rushkoff is awesome and Digital Nation is all about us.

    Irony: PBS website breaks it up into 8 minute chunks and has a laggy server. I am multitasking while I watch an explanation about how multitasking is detrimental. I’m a great multitasker!

  2. A terrific show, and a fine companion website, with lots of wonderful things, including an extended segment with researcher danah boyd, who’s been featured on BoingBoing. And while we’re at it, I’m now a fan of “Feed Me Bubbe” (though I really think that title needs a comma, lest it sound like an imperative…)

  3. I just caught this on TV, yes on a real TV set and not online!
    Rushkoff is excellent as always, and this was a really great snapshot of a society in transition. The Feed Me Bubbe, segment was great.
    There was one idea that I walked away with, and I’m paraphrasing; older folks in the digital world are immigrants, the kids growing up with digital media are natives.
    Lots to think about.

  4. Awesome open-ended show.

    I believe I have been confrontational with Mr. Ruskoff in comments before. That said he really just shined on the program. I’m also on the same page that it is awesome to use tech as a tool of expression and it’s awesome to turn it off.

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