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High Tech, Low Life

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Take Action Around 'High Tech, Low Life'

  • Start your own citizen blog covering underreported stories in your community.

  • Host a debate or panel discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of citizen journalism compared to traditional journalism.

  • Investigate U.S. policy related to China's "Great Firewall," including regulations impacting U.S. companies (like Google) doing business with China. Create your own set of recommendations based on your research and share those recommendations with regulators and legislators.

  • Screen High Tech, Low Life as part of a "teach in" on life in modern China and/or as part of a preparation program for exchange students (or others) heading to China for an extended period of time.

Get informed about the issues in the film and lead a discussion in your community.

Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide

This guide is an invitation to dialogue. Itis based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use High Tech, Low Life to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives thatfoster debates in which participants try to convince others thatthey are right,this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Ratherthan attempting to address them all, choose one ortwo that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to considertaking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult. For more detailed event planning and facilitation tips, visit

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Using clips from the film High Tech, Low Life, students will look at the work of two very different bloggers to understand the techniques and principles that distinguish journalism from other types of storytelling. They’ll also explore why the distinction matters.

Reading List

Delve Deeper

This list of fiction and nonfiction books, compiled by Penny Talbert and Rebecca Zinner of Ephrata Public Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary High Tech Low Life.

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