Homo Interneticus, the final episode of the BBC World Service radio adaptation of the BBC2 series The Virtual Revolution aired this morning at 10am. It’s available to listen via podcast in the BBC’s Documentaries strand and on the Monday Documentary website. You can listen to the other programmes too: The Great Levelling, Enemy of the State and The Cost of Free.
Monday March 15, 2010 @ 12:08 PM (UTC)
Monday March 08, 2010 @ 09:05 AM (UTC)
The BBC World Service’s Monday Documentary series Virtual Revolution radio adaptation continues today at 1005 GMT, with The Cost of Free, a look at the exchange we make for free services like Google and Amazon.
Monday March 01, 2010 @ 09:28 AM (UTC)
Episode 2 of Virtual Revolution‘s radio adaptation for the World Service airs today at 10:05am GMT as part of the BBC’s World Service Super Power season. This programme outlines the effect of the World Wide Web on global politics, ricochets around the Twitterverse, examines cyberbalkaniszation, prods the new digital propaganda, discusses confirmation biases and both grassroots and organised extremism and introduces the foundations of a new theatre of war.
And thank heaven’s to Betsy, the programme is available to experience globally.
Monday February 22, 2010 @ 08:56 AM (UTC)
The first episode of the radio adaptation of The Virtual Revolution is broadcasting on the World Service this morning at 10am GMT. It’s the first time that people around the world can (legally) access the whole programme, The Great Levelling (although a short version in vision is available with the BBC’s innovative 3D Documentary explorer).
Friday February 19, 2010 @ 09:25 AM (UTC)
When we were filming for Programme 4 of Virtual Revolution, director Molly Milton and I went through the approximately 5,000 followers I have on Twitter to test (admittedly, only with a sample of me) Professor Robin Dunbar‘s oft-cited Dunbar Number theory. Dunbar proposed that the ’ideal’ number of people in a human community is just under 150. This, he has argued, is the maximum number of people with whom individuals can maintain functional and stable social relationships. The theory is based upon his work with primates, extrapolating the specific number from the size of the animals’ neocortices to ours. More information on this theory is here.
Friday February 12, 2010 @ 11:42 AM (UTC)
Tomorrow night’s episode of The Virtual Revolution, The Cost of Free, airs on BBC2 at 9:15pm. The programme looks at the dark corporate underbelly of the Web, and how it’s transforming our notions of privacy and culture in the 21st century. It’s also the one that excites me the most; I am a dystopian from way back, and I’m both thrilled and terrified to see how we have been complicit in our own 1984. What does Google have on us? How is Amazon’s recommendation system contradicting the most powerful opportunity for new inforamtion that the web offers – serendipity – and manipulating us into homogenous proles for its own benefit?
Monday February 08, 2010 @ 08:49 AM (UTC)
There was a moment on location last year while filming the BBC2 documentary series The Virtual Revolution when I realised we were actually creating two projects. I was uploading a photo I had taken on the shoot to my Flickr site, or dispatching another update to my Twitter followers, when the director of photography asked: “Why?”
Friday February 05, 2010 @ 04:24 PM (UTC)
The second episode of the Virtual Revolution series broadcasts tomorrow night at 20:15pm on BBC2. The programme, Enemy of the State?, looks closely at how individuals are using the powerful Web tools against governments and in support of them, how governments are (successfully and unsuccessfully) using the Web to control individuals, and the many groups who are using the agnostic Web to create their own politic – from the good to the downright evil.
Monday February 01, 2010 @ 10:02 AM (UTC)
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