PBS has a Frontline program up that raises interesting questions about the impact the Internet is having on our lives. It is called Digital_Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier. They describe the show this way:
Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained?
In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world….[A]ward-winning producer Rachel Dretzin embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations. “I’m amazed at the things my kids are able to do online, but I’m also a little bit panicked when I realize that no one seems to know where all this technology is taking us, or its long-term effects,” says Dretzin.
I think it would make for fascinating classroom discussions. It would be possible to watch a segment and then see how people respond to the claims that are made, how it matches their experience or not, etc. Fortunately, it is possible to view the program online. The site also includes links to numerous resources, including extended interviews, links, round-table discussions, and more.