What is the internet doing to us? The Times tech columnist Kevin Roose discovers what happens when our lives move online.
A young man finds escape on the internet. He doesn’t realize that on the other side of the screen, a force is pulling him in.
Two: Looking Down
“The truth is down there, and you’ve got to go down and dig for it.” We trace Caleb’s descent into YouTube, inch by inch.
Three: Mirror Image
Five years into a rabbit hole, Caleb goes from one side of the screen to the other.
A trip to YouTube for a conversation with the woman trying to change it.
Five: The Accidental Emperor
How one outsider came to rule the internet — and eventually embody its battle with mainstream culture.
An interview with PewDiePie, as he comes to grips with his influence.
Great journalism and a fascinating, important and somewhat scary podcast. Required listening for anyone interested in how the media has been changed and disrupted by YouTube and social media generally. The goals have shifted - and we’re seeing it in the rise of extremist politics.
Great deep dive
NYT doing what it does best. Investigating a phenomenon that has major societal implications and laying out forces behind it. Google/YouTube have a lot of explaining to do.