digital nation - life on the virtual frontier

Relationships How technology is changing friendship, parenting and love.

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Going Digital at 83

Bubbe has become an Internet enthusiast at the young age of 83, after starting a popular online cooking show with her grandson, Avrom.

Virginia Heffernan questions whether virtual relationships today are that different from t...
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Bubbe and Big Bird
Kids and parents have different ideas of what's "private" these days. danah boyd, a resea...
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Famous for 15 Minutes
Unknown to her parents, Jessica developed an online persona as a sexy goth model.
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The Secret Online Life of Autumn Edows
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Bubbe and Big Bird

Virginia Heffernan questions whether virtual relationships today are that different from the formative relationships we used to have with television characters or movie stars.

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Sara's Secret

Sara finds unhealthy support for her eating disorder online.

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Getting Help

After her interview with us, Sara told her parents about her eating disorder.

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Interview Highlights

There Goes Running For Office...

What kids post online today could come back to haunt them. C.J. Pascoe, PhD., a sociology professor at Colorado College, explains why they do it anyway.

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Internet Famous

danah boyd, a researcher and essayist on teen media culture explains that for many kids, the Internet represents an escape from mundane life -- if they can manage to become famous online.

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Famous for 15 Minutes

Kids and parents have different ideas of what's "private" these days. danah boyd, a researcher and essayist on teen media culture, illuminates what kids are thinking.

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The End of Privacy

Teenagers' bedrooms have become command centers, with everything just a click away. Mark Bauerlein is a professor at Emory University and the author of The Dumbest Generation.

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The Secret Online Life of Autumn Edows

Unknown to her parents, Jessica developed an online persona as a sexy goth model.

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Busted

When Jessica's parents found out that she was posting risque photos of herself online, they took some drastic steps.

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The Internet Saved Her Life

Today, Jessica's parents support her online modeling.

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Living Their Lives Online

Kids are posting all kinds of things online: from nude photos to fight videos.

Interviews

turkle Sherry Turkle She’s a psychologist and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.
legoues Francoise LeGoues She spearheaded IBM's push to start holding internal meetings in Second Life.

posted February 2, 2010

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