This PBS Frontline documentary by Rachel Dretzin and Douglas Rushkoff looks at the ups and downs of our transition to online culture — from the risks of digital addiction to the opportunities of interactive learning. The website features interviews with Mark Bauerlein, danah boyd, Henry Jenkins, Clifford Nass, Todd Oppenheimer, Marc Prensky, Sherry Turkle and other leading thinkers. Watch the full program online here.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has on several occasions implored college graduates to find the meaning of life by putting away their devices. In this commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania, he told students to turn off their cellphones and “discover all that is human around us.”
A documentary produced by students at Carleton College who tried to unplug for three weeks as a class project. Will they resist temptation, or will they cheat? (What would you do?) You can watch the trailer here via YouTube, view the movie on Hulu, or purchase the DVD from the college bookstore.
Jake Reilly, a grad student in Chicago, avoided cellphone, e-mail and social media for 90 days in his “Going Amish Project.” The experiment took Reilly, 24, from his normal life of following 250 people on Twitter and sending 1500 texts per month to using courtesy phones at a nearby hospital and writing chalk messages on friends’ sidewalks. He credits the project with making him