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FRONTLINE: Digital Nation

Airs Friday, June 22, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Eliza Eddison (20), an engineering student at MIT and self-proclaimed multitasker.

Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn and connect in ways that we're only beginning to understand.

FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.
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Above: FRONTLINE correspondent Douglas Rushkoff at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin (“Growing Up Online”) teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, Douglas Rushkoff (“The Persuaders,” “Merchants of Cool”), to continue her exploration of life on the virtual frontier.

The film is the product of a unique collaboration with visitors to the "Digital Nation" website, who for the past year have been able to react to the work in progress and post their own stories online.

Dretzin and her team report from the front lines of digital culture — from love affairs blossoming in virtual worlds, to the thoroughly wired classrooms of the future, to military bases where the Air Force is fighting a new form of digital warfare. Along the way, they begin to map the critical ways that technology is transforming us, and what we may be learning about ourselves in the process.

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Trailer: Frontline: Digital Nation

Above: In a unique collaboration with the public that began on the "Digital Nation" Web site, award-winning producer Rachel Dretzin and commentator Douglas Rushkoff probe how digital technology is changing nearly every aspect of modern culture, from the ways we think and learn to the ways in which we socialize, work and even conduct war. Is it possible to multitask well? Is too much digital media bad for young brains? Should we fight wars by remote control? What are the real-world effects of immersion in virtual worlds?

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Frontline: Digital Nation: Daniela Capistrano Interview

Above: FRONTLINE's "Digital Nation" travels to BlogHer '09 to ask participants how technology impacts their lives. Here Daniela Capistrano of MTV News shares her story. Be a part of "Digital Nation" and tell us your story.

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Frontline: Digital Nation: Toyin Ajao Interview

Above: FRONTLINE's "Digital Nation" travels to BlogHer '09 to ask participants how technology impacts their lives. Here Toyin Ajao, blogger name Standtall the Activist, of genderandme.blogspot.com shares her story. Be a part of "Digital Nation" and tell us your story.