After aspiring model Jennifer Box participated in a prank video called 'Drunk Girl', the backlash on social media was so severe that it resulted in a collapsed lung and a derailed career. While writing stories for strangers on a typewriter in a public park, writer Christopher Hemlin found himself the target of online abuse as a stranger's photo of him sparked countless mocking comments, which eventually escalated to threats of physical abuse.
Annemarie's ex-boyfriend began posting naked photos of her online - ones she didn't consent to taking. Shared across porn sites, she was stalked, ridiculed and humiliated at work, eventually taking matters into her own hands. Hoping to promote her makeup business, Ashley posted before and after shots of her face on Instagram, and the internet went wild - with harsh criticism. Breaking down her confidence, Ashley's self-esteem hit an extreme low.
At 19, Cameron's interest in social media and shock value led him to a craze known as the Piss Olympics. What started out as a prank nearly landed Cameron in prison and forever marred his presence on social media. #pissresponsibly. In the aftermath of a devastating breakup, Allyson Pereira obliged to her ex-boyfriend's request for a topless photo - only to have her image sent to all her friends and the entire school.
Mark was succeeding in his professional and personal life: a great career as an executive chef and a great girlfriend. It all changed when mark found himself in a Facebook fight with a woman who was insulting the practices of a restaurant she'd never been to, leading to unsavoury words being said - and cost him his job. Brianna Wu loves working in the video game industry but spoke out about the sexism that comes along with it. But her outspoken tweets received backlash in the form of over 180 death threats, causing Brianna to seek safety in random hotels.
These professional video game players are not teenagers in their bedrooms, but e-sports legends who train 12 hours a day, play in stadiums packed with fans, and earn hundreds of thousands of pounds. YouTube sensation Dan Howell explores this strange world, following young hopefuls with dreams of reaching the top. From military combat games to strategic fantasies, everything is at stake: fame, glory and huge cash prizes. Largely ignored by traditional media, e-sports is part of a multi-billion pound industry that's bigger than Hollywood, and is about to explode into the mainstream.
This series explores the dark side of technology through first-person accounts of social media disasters. Ripped from the headlines, each episode tells the real-life stories of people whose posts, tweets or status updates brought about the wrong kind of attention. This episode features stories from former social media activist Suey Park before her #CancelColbert hashtag turned her life around for the worse. And Londoner Leigh Van Byran's tweet to 'destroy America' via partying hard led to his detainment at an American airport by Homeland Security.
The global cyberwar is heating up and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers. Now, thanks in part to secret documents released by Edward Snowden, the true scale of the National Security Agency's scope and power is coming to light. NOVA examines the science and technology behind cyber warfare and asks if we are already in the midst of a deadly new arms race.
From Super Mario Karts to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to Grand Auto Theft, video games have come a long way since their humble beginning in the early 1970s. In an industry which is worth nearly 100 billion dollars, what is it about video games which have been so captivating and consuming? This feature documentary explores the history of video games; from its technology origins, to the birth of the arcade games - from Pong to Pac Man to Doom - this feature documentary chronicles the remarkable story of the fastest evolving new media of all time.
The Internet has transformed every part of our lives and is now changing arguably the most important part - our love lives. Internet dating is now the second most common way that couples meet. But what is the best way to make the online search for love successful? What are the 'matchmaking' algorithms that the big companies use? Do they really deliver the goods, or is it just clever marketing and actually a giant con? And is there really any science involved? Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Xand Van Tulleken investigate.
The internet is changing everything - providing a voice to the voiceless, undercutting power, but also, perhaps, creating new means of control. In this episode, we look at the forces of change that are pushing back against authority - their possibilities, and their limitations. (S.1 Ep.8)
We all project images of ourselves online - the way we are, the way we want to be. What drives us all to create online stories about ourselves? What temptations exist to embellish, to express ourselves the way we do and what are the dark implications? (S.1 Ep.7)
The internet enables us to connect with people, images, videos, and information in ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago. But with every click, keystroke, and view, we are re-wiring the very physical structure of our brains. Are we evolving, or simply feeding our most basic desires?
The internet promises us escape from our offline reality. We can go places we never thought possible, reach people we never knew and express ourselves as never before. But can all this virtual freedom lead to a deeper confinement? As we sit in our homes, surrounded by screens, are we free and safe?
Money has changed more in the last ten years than it has in the last thousand. Join host Chuck Pell as he goes to outer space with Canada's new plastic money.
The internet is an uncontrollable labyrinth of content and imagery, that operates under loose laws and partial anonymity - it's an exciting but precarious new frontier where people can do anything and see anything, whether they should or not. In this lawless landscape, who's in control: the protectors or the abusers? (S.1 Ep.4)
Among those with the highest risk for being exploited on the web are the most defenceless: children. Vast troves of child pornography are available with only a few clicks of a mouse. Who are these children, and who profits from their abuse? While technology is facilitating the darker side of our human impulses, it's also being touted as a possible cure to rehabilitate the very predators it harbours. (S.1 Ep.3)
On the road to 2050, farms are coming to a city near you. Mobile farmland is going straight up in the skyscrapers, and the sky is the limit in the farms of the future. It's all about urban farming, in this episode.
Technology is evolving from an external tool we wield when needed to an always-there presence that is with us, on us, even inside of us. But are these new devices and technologies changing who we are? Are they making us better? As we become more and more wired, are we becoming digital devices ourselves? (S.1 Ep.2) (class. tba)
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