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Life On The Virtual Frontier
November 22, 2011 9:10 AM   Subscribe

Douglas Rushkoff examines how technology is changing us in “Life On The Virtual Frontier”; a fascinating episode of Frontline.
posted by rageagainsttherobots (11 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
What frontier? Looks like strip malls and gated communities to me.
posted by entropicamericana at 9:38 AM on November 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


TL;DW
posted by Jacqueline at 9:52 AM on November 22, 2011


Fumbling on your smartphone in a meeting really isn't multi-tasking.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:04 AM on November 22, 2011


What frontier? Looks like strip malls and gated communities to me.

There are still patches of frontier here and there, but sadly, yeah, I understand this sentiment. Still, I think the internet has had a mostly positive impact on me as an individual and the broader society I live in.
posted by byanyothername at 10:25 AM on November 22, 2011


What frontier?

The one described in the film. They go to MIT and Stanford and do interviews with people doing cutting edge research on how the Internet impacts people.
posted by stbalbach at 11:03 AM on November 22, 2011


Apparently the virtual frontier consists of snarking on a post without watching or referencing any specific detail about the actual content the post links out to.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:05 AM on November 22, 2011 [5 favorites]


You got my number, I haven't watched it yet. I am, however. assuming the "virtual frontier" the title is referring to is the Internet, which is neither virtual nor a frontier.
posted by entropicamericana at 11:21 AM on November 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Its more of a frontier than telegraphy.
posted by marienbad at 11:24 AM on November 22, 2011


Also, a carpet is neither a car not a pet.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:33 AM on November 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am, however. assuming the "virtual frontier" the title is referring to is the Internet

This isn't a video from 1999. Watch before criticizing, you look smarter that way. The video is about people who multi-task trying to do many things at once, they think they are smarter for it, but studies show they actually don't comprehend the material very well.
posted by stbalbach at 11:46 AM on November 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


i have to kind of agree with entropicamericana actually
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 9:25 PM on November 22, 2011


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