Yes, this is one of the many paradoxes of modern life, isn't it? I was just remarking to Thomas that you can now walk into a cafe - a place long associated with social interaction- and you'll typically see a dozen people hunkered down over a dozen laptops and smartphones. Yes, they are better connected than ever before... but they are also so much more isolated from the local, from the here and now. This effect is a big part of my attempts to get certain college administrators to realize that the web is a two-edged sword.
But anyway, these topics are precisely the sort of thing that I think could form a compelling, cohesive series.