Addicted to Novelty
For those of you who might have missed it, last week PBS’ Frontline aired a really interesting look at how the wired world is affecting us. I was skeptical — shows like this are usually full of platitudes or stuff that’s so obvious there’s no point in talking about it — but this one was different. It starts with internet addiction and the fact that a lot of teachers think that the multi-tasking students of today can’t concentrate, and it ends with a very sobering look at videogame-powered warfare. It’s a serious, thoughtful look at where we’re heading and it’s enlivened by a documentary style that doesn’t try to exclude the filmmakers from the film itself.
You can see the whole thing at decent full-screen quality here: Digital Nation. The web site also offers longer interviews and other video materials that didn’t make it into the air version.Media and Society