Since this was filmed in the age of the dumb phone, the students were allowed to keep their cellular phones. It makes me wonder how this documentary would play out today with the rise of smartphones and social media. Our addiction to likes, and our fear of missing out (FOMO) keeps us attached to these devices. While there are some good things about social media, like active shooter alerts, weather warnings and really important breaking news, there isn’t much we really need to know about right at the moment it happens. It would be interesting to see a follow up documentary where the students have to go through this. Watching this film recently has made me think of a few things.
Way back in the day, before my family had the Internet, I remember being more engaged with not just society, but with culture in general. There was really no such thing as multitasking, because there was only one task to be done at one time. We did have a computer back then. We just didn’t have much to do on it. I played a lot of computer games, and looked up facts on Encarta. There were also word documents and pixel art, along with learning programs, which were tedious at best.