If you haven't noticed, we're being overrun by technology.
You probably don't even have a Kindle and now Apple is introducing the iPad. Oprah's on a crusade to end texting while driving. And instead of doing something constructive, you're spending all your time reading a TV blog. (Thank you!)
Tonight at 9, UNC-TV offers a Frontline that explores issues surrounding this new era. "Digital Nation" takes a critical look and tries to figure out what's going on. It does what many of us haven't; it stops and examines the ramifications technology has had and is having on our children, ourselves and our way of life.
The report is hosted by Rachel Dretzin, a Frontline producer, and Douglas Rushkoff, a media journalist and author of "Merchants of Cool." Rushkoff was one of the people, in the early days of the Web, who spent a lot of time calming the fogeys down, letting them know they had nothing to be afraid of.
But now he's ambivalent. That ambivalence informs the reporting; Rushkoff, for instance, heads to South Korea where children are showing strong signs of gaming addiction. The country even has recovery camps for strung-out youth. The country has even introduced net etiquette into the elementary schools' curriculum; children sing etiquette songs in unison.
Among the other topics explored are the effectiveness of multitasking (you're not it doing as well as you think you are), virtual reality, and the use of gaming by the military.
I think the hosts try hard to not be alarmist, trying to find naysayers and supporters of the digital world, who are all quite thoughtful about what we've gained and what we've lost. We're left with a valuable 90 minutes of information that should get you thinking about how to deal with these issues in your home and community.