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FRONTLINE; Digital Nation


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Digital Nation
Program Number

2809 HD001

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

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 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 explore life on the virtual frontier. The film is the product of a unique collaboration with visitors to the Digital Nation web site, 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.

Digital Nation is a FRONTLINE co-production with Ark Media. The producer and director is Rachel Dretzin. The writers are Rachel Dretzin and Douglas Rushkoff. The correspondent is Douglas Rushkoff.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Digital Nation,” 01/28/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 12, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA9DF2119C83406980937BB914B416BB.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Digital Nation.” 01/28/2010. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 12, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA9DF2119C83406980937BB914B416BB>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Digital Nation. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EA9DF2119C83406980937BB914B416BB
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