12 January 2010

In the late 1960s, college students had a saying: “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Today, teens might agree and add, “don’t trust anyone anyone who won’t YouTube.” Or something like that. What we’re talking about is digital natives. What I call, “Generation Gadget.”

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/living-faster/digital-natives/are-they-as-savvy-as-they-seem.html?play

People really worried that all this technology is affecting your brain. Dr. Gary Small is the director of UCLA’s Memory and Aging Research Center.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/living-faster/digital-natives/rewiring-young-brains.html?play

Or that you’ll miss out on the things in life that really matter…

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/schools/shop-class-computing.html?play

But maybe all this hardware, software and multitasking are NECESSARY!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/living-faster/split-focus/the-skill-of-the-future.html?play

Of course, we can’t forget this guy from yesterday…

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/living-faster/split-focus/multitasking-mentality.html?play

And maybe there’s some truth to it…

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/concentration/carving-out-quiet.html?play

Maybe in the digital brain, music is the new silence:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/living-faster/digital-natives/music-is-the-new-silence.html?play

Et tu, Teens?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/living-faster/split-focus/how-do-teens-do-homework-today.html?play

And what do the smartest kids in the country have to say about this?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/living-faster/split-focus/multitasking-at-mit.html?play

Then what is school?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/concentration/a-haven-from-the-madness.html?play

From my point of view — language is changing, as this clips suggests. But does that mean it is changing for the worse?

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/literacy/hey-prof-i-just-txtd-u-my-paper.html?play

Here’s what you want to take away from all this, the key — “THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE.”

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