Have a watch of this episode of Frontline, Digital Nation – Life on the Virtual Frontier, about Generation Web and their life in the ‘connected’ world:
“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. Continuing a line of investigation she began with the 2008 FRONTLINE report Growing Up Online, award-winning producer Rachel Dretzin embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations. “I’m amazed at the things my kids are able to do online, but I’m also a little bit panicked when I realize that no one seems to know where all this technology is taking us, or its long-term effects,” says Dretzin”.
Well worth the time and effort to watch – if for no other reason that to understand what it is like for young people today to live in our contemporary wired culture.
Also, if you’re interested and didn’t get a chance to see the Virtual Revolution series of programmes on BBC2 over the last few weeks, check out the website here.
20 years on from the invention of the World Wide Web Dr Aleks Krotoski explores how it is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. Joined by some of the web’s biggest names including the founders of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft and the web’s inventor – she explores how far the web has lived up to its early promise.
The founding father of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, believed his invention would remain an open frontier that nobody could own, and that it would take power from the few and give it to the many. Now, in a provocative, strongly authored argument, presenter Aleks Krotoski will re-assess utopian claims like these, made over many years by the digital revolution’s key innovators – and test them against the hard realities of the emerging Web today, exploring how the possibilities of the pure technology have been constrained, even distorted by the limitations of human nature.
Again, this is a really good series of programmes and well worth the time and effort to watch if you get the chance, especially the last one “Homo Interneticus?”.
These programmes raise a lot of questions for me – not just as a father, but also as a church leader. How is connectivity changing Generation Web’s capacity to be disciples of Jesus? How do we need to change the way we ‘do church’ in order to communicate truth to our kids and future generations?
For me, this is challenging stuff, and we can’t ignore it for too long or it will be too late.