Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Frontline’s Digital Nation is a multiplatform project that aims to “capture life on the digital frontier” by exploring the use of technology and how it effects our day to day lives. Part of the project is a feature where visitors to the Digital Nation site are invited to submit videos that discuss the role technology plays in our lives.
Submissions can be video, photo collage, audio or animation, and should be three minutes or less. You can discuss the given topic in any way you choose, but just in case you find yourself stumped, Digital Nation has provided a list of questions you might like to explore, such as:
Does technology make us closer or more distant?
Unplug for a day (or a few hours!). Document yourself living the low-tech life.
Is technology increasing our productivity? Is this a good thing?
How do you parent in the age of the internet? What are the challenges?
And who is that fine, furry-looking fellow in row two, far left in the image above? None other than SMITH’s own comics editor, Jeff Newelt. Jeff tells a heartbreaking tale of a four-word text message he received from his girlfriend—”we need to talk”—and the breakup hours later. Jeff says he immediately performed “digital surgery” on Facebook and elsewhere, protecting himself from information and images that he knew would make his heart hang even heavier.
For more on the project, give this post over at Frontline a read. Then submit something. After all, everybody has a digital story—what’s yours?