Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier
February 7th, 2010

Sir Alfie Dennen pointed by this tweet to PBS‘s Digital Nation Life on the virtual frontier, a 9 chapter, 78 minutes documentary film by Douglas Rushkoff.

Share your thoughts on the Digital Nation Roundtable a place to discuss, even debate, many of the issues raised by the film. The platform will be tackling one subject a month, with some of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in that area.

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?

Read here more of the synopsis

Chapter 1: Distracted by everything. M.I.T. students are among the world’s smartest and most wired. They constantly multitask with their tech tools.
Chapter 2: What’s it doing to their brains. Tests given Stanford’s multitaskers yield troubling discoveries. Other research into Net use and the brain raises more questions.
Chapter 3: South Korea’s gaming craze. Some cautionary lessons from a country where Internet addiction has become a health crisis.
Chapter 4: Teaching with technology. Teachers are embracing digital media–‘it keeps students engaged; new skills are needed for a new age.’ But is there a catch?
Chapter 5: The dumbest generation? The debate has just begun on wether we are losing as much as we’re gaining in 24/7 wired world.Chapter
Chapter 6: Relationships. Millions of people are inhabitating the Net as it were a real place, satisfying the urge to connect to others in online games, virtual worlds.
Chapter 7: Virtual worlds. Second life offers a totally new reality for humans, says it’s creator–and IBM has begun shifting it’s meetings into this virtual space.
Chapter 8: Can virtual experience change us? The U.S. military is using virtual spaces for PTSD therapy and for flying drones in Iraq while based in a room in Nevada.
Chapter 9: Where are we headed? A school is organized around learning through video games–may be it’s students are getting something we are’nt yet able to measure or recognize.

Alfie commented on Twitter: “The piece on internet addiction in South Korea is at once funny and profound

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