9 episodes

What is the internet doing to us? The Times tech columnist Kevin Roose discovers what happens when our lives move online.

Rabbit Hole The New York Times

    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 22 Ratings

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'

    Eight: 'We Go All'

    One QAnon believer’s journey through faith and loss — and what becomes of reality as we move online.

    • 35 min
    Seven: 'Where We Go One'

    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.

    • 29 min
    Six: Impasse

    Six: Impasse

    An interview with PewDiePie, as he comes to grips with his influence.

    • 23 min
    Five: The Accidental Emperor

    Five: The Accidental Emperor

    How one outsider came to rule the internet — and eventually embody its battle with mainstream culture.

    • 34 min
    Four: Headquarters

    Four: Headquarters

    A trip to YouTube for a conversation with the woman trying to change it.

    • 39 min
    Three: Mirror Image

    Three: Mirror Image

    Five years into a rabbit hole, Caleb goes from one side of the screen to the other.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Johnovision1956 ,

Down the rabbit hole....

Beautifully researched and crafted.... listening and educational value.... press play and get informed.

SonyaPu ,

moral panics over technology are passé

Firstly this is a well-written podcast with excellent editing and production. It is thrilling and addictive and ironically uses similar language, and makes stylistic choices that draws people to the very mind-think (Q anonymous, alt right, red tube) that the podcast accuses others of falling for because they’re addicted to internet.

This podcast fails to really engage with the political, socio-economic dynamics that draw people to extremes, but rather suggests that the algorithm in AI is why people are polarized. This really comes across in episode 9, an interview with a former Q Anom person. We finally end on a veiled suggestion that a Chinese company could do the same, which perpetuates alarmist and frankly racist fears about “Chinese takeover”. Despite excellent footage and elements of great journalism, the general argument is very weak and widely debunked by sociologists and media studies. This podcast can be enjoyed but with critical distance

beeblebrox23 ,

The right stuff at the right time

I really love the idea as a start. Not many more avenues that can be explored and be so relevant in 2020. The rabbit hole analogy also works perfectly and develops nicely with all the subsequent titles. Will definitely recommend it to anyone who's willing to seek answers to the question: How much of what I'm doing and exploring online is actually manipulating me?

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