PBS Frontline: Growing Up Online - Critical Response


The PBS series Frontline recently broadcast an episode entitled "Growing Up Online" that examined the role of the Internet and online communication in young people's lives today. Your first exercise in critical viewing, thinking, and writing will require you to do the following:

  • View the show in its entirety here.
  • Consider the following:
    1. The various viewpoints set forth by the speakers. What messages do the students, parents, and researchers each want to convey?
    2. The overall tone of the documentary. What did the producers want the viewers to "take away" from the program?
    3. Your response to the parents, students, & researchers. Did any one group or individual impact you more than another, either positively or negatively? If so, why? If not, why not?
    4. How do your personal experiences online compare with what was shown, and how do they impact your reaction to this show?
  • Click on the "discussion" tab above (make sure you're logged in first) and post your reactions to the above prompts in a concise, yet content-rich response.

In order to maximize the benefits of this assignment format, you should react and respond to other comments as well as posting your own. To that end, I will ask you all to stagger your comments throughout the week. In other words, if everyone posts the night before it's due, this won't work nearly as well as if we take the time to post little by little and create a discussion.

The lunchtime matinee will be held on Tuesday, 5 Feb 2008. Everyone must post at least once by 10:30 am, Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008, but I encourage you all to contribute followup comments to the discussion as well.

For assessment criteria, please click on the "Discussions" link in the sidebar menu.