I'm a CS grad student and there are people in my classes who sit in front of me and surf around constantly, then can't answer questions.
One problem not addressed here is how distracting it can be for other students when people are flitting about on websites and working on other projects. Taking notes on the computer? great. Otherwise, sit in the back please, or take the course online.
"That said, I do still wonder how best to teach kids how to embrace technology without being consumed by technology... or if that's just something kids figure out on their own..."
I have two young sons (3, 4.5) who are constantly around lots of tech: ps3, wii, iphones, ipods, dSLRs, laptops, amps, etc etc. They don't see "technology" as anything special. Sure, they want to see "scoobydoo.com" and play games in the phones, but they don't differentiate between that stuff and even their most low-tech toys. Nor should they.
Little kids haven't heard that song yet. Even if they did, most people only pay attention to the chorus anyway. Remember when everyone was using "My Futures so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" or whatever it's called? A song about nuclear apocalypse used for graduation ceremonies.
I've seen the commercial too. It fits right into the Barbie thing.
"After reading my share of issues of Cook's Illustrated, I learned that life's too short to let some snob spend 3 pages telling me why their pie recipe is "perfect" in the most prententious language possible."
I'm actually interested in reading about how someone else isolated the variables and tried different things until they found the best that they could do. This way, I can save time and money. There is nothing that says you can't sub some ingredients here if you want more or less butter or cheese or whatever.