What is the internet doing to us? The Times tech columnist Kevin Roose discovers what happens when our lives move online.
Eight: 'We Go All'
One QAnon believer’s journey through faith and loss — and what becomes of reality as we move online.
Seven: 'Where We Go One'
QAnon believers, united in a battle against what they see as dark forces of the world, reveal where the internet is headed.
An interview with PewDiePie, as he comes to grips with his influence.
Five: The Accidental Emperor
How one outsider came to rule the internet — and eventually embody its battle with mainstream culture.
A trip to YouTube for a conversation with the woman trying to change it.
Three: Mirror Image
Five years into a rabbit hole, Caleb goes from one side of the screen to the other.
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.