Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Argumentative Response to Frontline Digital Nation

In PBS’s show, Frontline they take a closer look into the minds of humans in a digital nation. With talking to many experts the show argues that using many devices at once or multitasking slows down the productivity and allows the person to become distracted and make less satisfactory work. The director even more, goes to say that while using multiple electronic devices the mind is working really fast but it has trouble concentrating on its main task. Experts on the show also say that large amounts of media influence in a human growing up hurts the minds development. The overall belief of the episode Frontline Digital Nation is that technology is a very vital part of our world developing, but when used irresponsibly or excessively it can disrupt and slow down the ability of our minds to think.
In my opinion Frontlines’ Digital Nations statement that the use of multiple tech. devices at once distracts a human from doing one thing good, is true. Mainly because as I have gone through school and with the creation of mp3 players and cell phones the minds of the students would space-out and pay attention to something else other than class. Even if they only lost focus for a split second they would have missed information about the lesson plan. Also I believe the Digital Nation, points out a lot of common sense, in that the human mind will focus on a non boring subject when its board. When kids are learning about a boring subject, technology gives them a personal excuse not to focus on class and instead play Angry Birds. Because “smart people” have figured this out they have brought technology into school in order to teach students in a more efficient way to help them focus and learn quicker than a work book would. I agreed with Frontline Digital Nation’s status that when using multiple technologies at once your all around focus is lost and slows down your ability to produce high quality results.


  1. Zach,
    I follow your two paragraphs ideas well, but there are numerous small errors which get somewhat distracting, especially at the top of the second paragraph--make sure to reread next time before posting.
    The design of your blog looks pretty good, although I would suggest changing the background of your biographical information so the black text is readable on a lighter background. The same is true of your post background--I would lighten the gray slightly so that black text shows up clearly. The orange works well with the overall color scheme.