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?
Friday February 12, 2010 @ 11:42 AM (UTC)
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.
Friday February 05, 2010 @ 11:36 AM (UTC)
Roo Reynolds and Leila Johnston welcomed me to Shift Run Stop towers last week to record episode 12 of their comedy podcast. The pod is frequented by London new media veteran and 6Music tech correspondent Dave Green and the effervescent Guardian journalist Anna Pickard (whose extraordinary efforts at liveblogging all five series of the TV show Lost, episode by episode, before the 6th series premiered this week are hilariously illustrated on her teevee blog Tellywonk), and is recorded amidst much technology and crisp wrappers.
Monday February 01, 2010 @ 10:02 AM (UTC)
Friday January 29, 2010 @ 04:57 PM (UTC)
The web is an extraordinary innovation, with the greatest potential to usher in social change since the invention of the printing press or the steam engine. Built upon a technology that is apolitical, unregulated and decentralised, it empowers everyone – men, women, children – to be creators of information, rather than passive consumers. It is also an enormous library of global consciousness, a digital collection of human knowledge from the past and the present and presented in an easy-to-access format. As a result, we now have the unprecedented power to create our own truth, and share it with everyone in the world. It has ushered in an equality of access that we have never seen before.
But has its potential as a great leveller for the whole world already passed?
Sunday January 24, 2010 @ 12:05 PM (UTC)
Sunday 24 January 2010
On Thursday, the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, gave a speech on internet freedom at a journalism museum in Washington, arguing that the architecture of the web must be free from censorship and manipulation. It is a position that stands in stark contrast with the approach of countries, including China, Egypt and Iran, that seek to curb access – and while there was a whiff of economic self-protectionism in Clinton’s words, she opened up the floor to a global discussion about the potential revolutionary power of this invention.
Saturday January 23, 2010 @ 07:19 PM (UTC)
I was interviewed for Radio 4’s culture review programme Loose Ends today. It was an absolute pleasure to meet polymath Clive Anderson, actor Sir Ian McKellan (adding him to my ‘wizard’ set; have already got Christopher Lee…), comedian Richard Herring, Shameless actor David Threlfall and author Katharine Hibbert, and to hear the magic tunes of London blues guitarist Marcus Bonfanti, and piano tapping of the Guillemots’ Fyfe Dangerfield.
Friday January 22, 2010 @ 10:15 PM (UTC)
This is excites me. A lot:
Monday January 18, 2010 @ 11:43 AM (UTC)
We have launch date!
The first programme in the Virtual Revolution series will be broadcast on BBC2 at 8:30pm on Saturday 30 January. It is The Great Levelling?.
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