Documentary ---The Virtual Revolution: The Cost of Free


Dr Aleks Krotoski's documentary takes the viewer through an investigation of how the World Wide Web is transforming aspects of our lives for better and for worse. She highlights how commerce has taken over the web,and how web users are paying for what appears to be 'free' in hidden ways. With interviews with Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon), Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google), Chad Hurley (CEO of YouTube), Bill Gates, Martha Lane Fox, Chris Anderson (Wired) and Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix), she shows how businesses attempt to make money and how advertising is becoming more and more targeted building databases of users' habits and preferences threatening privacy and personal space.(Source: BBC Website)

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US NOW Documentary


To see another interesting documentary online, see Us Now -A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet. The film explores mass collaboration in online and real world communities and so called gift- economies and how such collaboration could play a part in governments. The documentary includes interviews with various communities and their members, Clay Shirky, Don Tapscott and Charles Leadbeater. According to Anand Giridharadas of the New York Times, the documentary, "paints a future in which every citizen is connected to the state as easily as to Facebook, choosing policies, questioning politicians, collaborating with neighbors." (2009)

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