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Homo Interneticus: Introduction (02:28)


The World Wide Web was created 20 years ago. Around the world, human civilization is connected more than ever before. In this program, Aleks Krotoski will explore the impact of the extraordinary access to information.

Impact of the Internet (02:03)

Krotoski examines the Gutenberg Bible; it transformed western civilization. Since anyone can contribute, the Internet is perhaps even more important than the invention of the printing press.

Internet in South Korea (02:58)

People use the web in South Korea more than anywhere else. Approximately 62% of children aged 3-5 regularly use the Internet. Koreans are worried about Internet addiction.

Generation Web (03:15)

Psychologists fear that children have a decreased awareness of consequences for their actions due to Internet usage. Visit a family and learn about their technology usage.

Online Social Networks (02:14)

Adults express concern over children's extensive social media exposure. The main concern is that the online environment devalues real life relationships.

History of Facebook (03:46)

Facebook used a similar marketing strategy as the telephone industry. The website relies on massive amounts of users in order to continue operating.

Human Relationships (02:00)

In 2009, a fast food chain offered a free burger to any person that unfriended 10 Facebook friends. The popular deal shed light on the value of Internet relationships.

Dunbar Number (02:39)

Learn about social bonding among primate groups. Primates can only maintain one hundred fifty relationships.

"In the Loop" (02:39)

Learn the history behind the phrase "in the loop." Successful walking and bombing rely on a constant loop of flowing information.

Facebook Predecessors (02:47)

Facebook pioneered status updates in real time. Mark Zuckerberg's social media program began as a simple college website; he revolutionized social media with the newsfeed.

Facebook Launch (02:12)

Initially, Facebook users hated the newsfeed feature and protested against it. The feature increased page views and interaction between friends.

Information Overload (02:48)

With the increasing availability of mobile technology and programs that encourage online connectedness, people are constantly inundated with information.

Associative Thinking (03:28)

Learn how the brain makes associations and retains knowledge. The World Wide Web was created with a similar linking system.

Inability to Concentrate (02:18)

Major universities are noticing that students no longer have the concentration to read full books.

Fox or Hedgehog (03:59)

An experimental survey proves that the younger generation scans for information more quickly on the Internet. They are adapted to the online environment.

Going Viral (04:14)

Marshall McLuhan's predictions about the digital era were surprisingly accurate. Some digital content that seems meaningless does have value.

Internet and Politics (02:55)

Social media was important to the Obama Presidential Campaign. The younger generation is more engaged in politics now than any time in recent history.

Connect and Collaborate (02:12)

Technology increased the amount of young people that are involved with and care about politics. Around the world, young people are harnessing the power of the web to address their concerns.

Academic Success (03:40)

While South Korea is concerned about Internet addiction, they also have seen huge academic growth in children.

Online Evolution (03:22)

Explore the pros and cons to living in a connected society. If used constructively, the potential for societal and technological growth could be endless.

Credits: Homo Interneticus? (00:42)

Credits: Homo Interneticus?

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Is the web rewiring our brains and our relationships? In a world first, the BBC joins forces with scientists at University College London in an experiment to find out if the web is making us think differently.

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL75361

ISBN: 978-1-60057-934-9

Copyright date: ©2010

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