The Youtube Effect

dir. Alex Winter / 2022 / USA / 99min.
The history of YouTube is both inspirational and cautionary. The video-sharing website grew to become one of the most powerful media platforms in the world.

The history of YouTube is both inspirational and cautionary; the video-sharing website appeared in 2005 and quickly grew to become one of the most ubiquitous and powerful media platforms in the world. It is impossible to overstate its impact on global culture by providing easy and immediate access to news, entertainment media and other vital forms of information. It has, however, helped radicalize some of its viewers with right-wing propaganda and other dangerous forms of media. This is the story of our times; the technology revolution has made our lives easier and more enriched, while also presenting dangers and challenges that make the world a more perilous place. And at this extraordinary moment in history, it's the story of how we got here and where we're going.

duration:
99 min
country / year of production:
USA / 2022
director:
Alex Winter
cinematography:
Peter Nicoll
producer:
Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Zipper, Alex Winter / Valhalla Entertainment, Olive Hill Media, Trouper Productions, Time Studios, Zipper Bros Films
selected festivals and awards:
2023 – Tribeca FF, 2023 – CPH:DOX: Copenhagen
sections:
Fetish and Culture
tags:
history internet pop culture

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