The Research Lab Veterans Page':

Assignment 1: PBS Frontline Video: Informal Essay
Date due: Friday January 25th (end of class).
Points: 100
Work must be submitted via email, cut and paste flush left. No attachments. Subject line must say: B
(Btw, it's not case sensitive)

So... you're it. The first generation to 'grow up on the web.'

After we watch this vid, give this a look:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/arts/television/22front.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

'Informal Essay' explained: I'm less concerned with essay format, grammar, spelling etc but interested in your opinions. If you get to ranting... so be it. Short answers are generally frowned upon. It's a good chance to let loose on the subject.

A few questions to include in your writing:

1. Are your parents and / or guardians included in your 'online life?' Give some rationale for this answer if you can as in for / against.

2. Do you view socialization on the Internet differently than what would be considered 'in person?' What are your thoughts on voicing your opinions online to strangers and / or friends vs in person ?

3. Pick at least two examples from the video and tell me what you think about them (one that caught your eye, made sense, that you could relate to, or made you upset).

4. Do you feel you are 'too connected?'

5. In the case of 'Evan Skinner' sharing the video online from Madison Square Garden, what are your thoughts on both perspectives of the Mother and the Son ? How could this be handled differently ?

6. What are your thoughts on voicing your opinions online to strangers and / or friends vs in person ?

7. What are your thoughts on how 'education' has embraced or shunned these changes ?

8. What do you think of this video ?