Friday, March 19, 2010

The Virtual Revolution



One of the best documentaries I've watched in a long while has been The Virtual Revolution. Produced by the BBC this documentary investigates the enormous impact the Internet has had globally and the momentous changes that it has brought to our lives. Themes include freedom of information, privacy, government transparency, the impact it has had on business and on education not to mention our actual brains.

...Like, when your on the internet its like totaly different to reading shakespeer - lol...

One of the most interesting things the show investigated was whether use of internet actually altered how we source and process information. You can take part in this experiment yourself at the Virtual Revolution website by taking the web behavior test.

Gil Scott Heron claimed that the revolution will not be televised, but at least we can get the highlights. Plus we get to hear from all the big names (and Steve Wozniak for some reason) like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Twitter's Biz Stone plus the heads of other major players like Amazon and Paypal. There are also interviews with Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of the internet and the other inventor of the internet, Al Gore.

Last, but certainly not least, the ever-versatile Stephen Fry is on hand to debunk all the Daily Mail-brand sensationalism and hysterical, "think-of-the-children!" technophobia with his trademark wit and eloquence.

It's not just thought-provoking stuff, it's also very entertaining.
Anyways, have a look for yourselves, first episode is here.

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