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BBC: The Virtual Revolution May 2, 2010

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Journalism, News, Reviews, Social Media, Web Video, YouTube.
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The Virtual Revolution is a documentary series which began airing on BBC Two in January 2010. A BBC and Open University co-production, the series looks at the impact the Web has had since its inception 20 years ago. The series took on a different approach to BBC documentary making by encouraging an open and collaborative production.

The Virtual Revolution Episode 1: Explores the origins and impact of the World Wide Web. From its Cold-War military origins in the 1950s, through its evolution as a meeting place of the 60s hippy movement, to its incarnation today through the genius of Tim Berners-Lee and other pioneers. The Web is seen as powering the 2nd Industrial Revolution; its impact on humanity as profound as the Printing Press, or the power of Steam to the 1st Industrial Revolution. (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

The Virtual Revolution Episode 2: Some of the Web’s biggest names – founders of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft – explore how far the Web has lived up to its promise to reshape lives. The Web is forging a new brand of politics in democracies and authoritarian regimes. Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates explore how sites like Twitter and YouTube encourage direct action and politicise young people. Yet the Web’s openness enables states to spy and censor, and extremists to threaten with networks of hate and crippling cyber attacks. (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

The Virtual Revolution Episode 3: Destroys the myth of free Web services such as Google, Ebay, web-mail etc. Commerce dominates virtually all aspects of Web provision, allied to their increasingly sophisticated tactics to gather information on users. This data is then used to target us with advertising catered to our tastes and browsing habits. However, this data-trawling comes with a price, the surrender of our privacy. (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

The Virtual Revolution Episode 4: ‘Homointerneticus’ is the Web changing the way we act / behave / interact with our fellow human beings? What long term effects is the Web having on our children – can children today tell the difference between ‘Virtual’ and ‘Real’ world? What might the future hold as a consequence of this ‘Virtual Revolution’. (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

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