What is the internet doing to us? The Times tech columnist Kevin Roose discovers what happens when our lives move online.
A young man finds escape on the internet. He doesn’t realize that on the other side of the screen, a force is pulling him in.
Two: Looking Down
“The truth is down there, and you’ve got to go down and dig for it.” We trace Caleb’s descent into YouTube, inch by inch.
Three: Mirror Image
Five years into a rabbit hole, Caleb goes from one side of the screen to the other.
A trip to YouTube for a conversation with the woman trying to change it.
Five: The Accidental Emperor
How one outsider came to rule the internet — and eventually embody its battle with mainstream culture.
An interview with PewDiePie, as he comes to grips with his influence.
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The dangers of arrogance and ignorance peddled on the internet are well and truly highlighted here. Agree that Pew Die Pie got let off lightly, but that in itself is an eye opener as to the lack of legal accountability for dis-information peddlers. The connection to Christchurch was chilling.
This show barely scratched its potential. It started well, the episodes with Caleb were insightful. However, it might not seem like it but once Kevin Roose lets PewDiePie off the hook the show loses its way. The ignorance on display almost speaks for itself, it he needed to press on what it means to be an enabler. It was frustrating to hear that interview dissolve into navel gazing about the media again. These are two sides of the same coin, the crisis of representation we are facing requires much more incisive commentary than this. There is a big question below the surface here of what it means to claim one is apolitical when wielding so much influence. Not to mention the fact that ignorance doesn’t excuse racism. It should be pretty clear what the consequences are.
There is an underlying technological determinism in this show that misses the point entirely. I can’t recall a single moment in which it mentions the whole point of these algorithms. Nothing about advertising, nothing about the commodification of attention.