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TED Talks: Season 2018

2018x193 James Bridle: The nightmare videos of children's YouTube -- and what's wrong with the internet today
TV-PG

  • 2018-06-22T04:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From "surprise egg" reveals and the "Finger Family Song" to algorithmically created mashups of familiar cartoon characters in violent situations, these videos exploit and terrify young minds — and they tell us something about where our increasingly data-driven world is headed. "We need to stop thinking about technology as a solution to all of our problems, but think of it as a guide to what those problems actually are, so we can start thinking about them properly and start to address them," Bridle says.

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