Jon Ronson's Escape and Control

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Internationally acclaimed journalist and filmmaker Jon Ronson (Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goats and New York Times Bestseller The Psychopath Test) turns his attentions to the Internet. Specifically, those people who try to control it -- for good or bad. Escape and Control: Stories About People Trying To Control The Internet It can sometimes feel like we're creating a new kind of democracy online, where we control and regulate each other instead of being told how to behave by those in authority. But there are people out there who don't like this idea at all. So they want to come up with ways to control it. Sometimes maybe even secret ways... With searing interviews, unravelling mysteries and some great fun along the way, Jon Ronson sets off on an adventure that may mean you'll never look at your mouse in the same way again.

Episode Date
Tuesday Music Video
523
Jon Ronson introduces us to the song 'Tuesday' featuring Patrice Wilson.
May 17, 2012
Finding Omer
584
Jon Ronson tracks down Omer Gershon.
May 03, 2012
Tuesday
396
Jon Ronson meets Friday's creator Patrice Wilson to make a new song...
Apr 19, 2012
Atos
638
Jon Ronson meets with Frances Kelly, the founder of 'Carer watch', a forum for people who stay at home to look after relatives with disabilities. It got taken down indirectly by a company called Atos, employed by the UK government to monitor people claiming incapacity benefits.
Apr 05, 2012
Jon Vs Jon Part 2
745
Jon Ronson arranges a meeting with the creators of the twitter spambot 'Jon_Ronson'. After some heated discussion and confusion in this interview, he discovers the academics' true agenda.
Mar 21, 2012
Patrice Wilson Follow-up
172
Jon Ronson is contacted again by Patrice Wilson who was responsible for the YouTube music hit 'Friday' by Rebecca Black. Jon Ronson is treated to a second track made by Patrice Wilson just for him. This time Jon Ronson decides to go ahead and shoot a music video with Patrice.
Mar 09, 2012
Jon Vs Jon
245
Jon Ronson discovers a spambot on twitter with the username 'Jon_Ronson', created by academics from Warwick University. He discusses his frustration with the fact many of the tweets seem plausible, even though they are about things he would never talk about himself. With the creators of this account refusing to take it down, Jon Ronson decides the only way to resolve this is by meeting them.
Feb 23, 2012
Twitter Bots
324
Jon Ronson visits web analyst Tim Hwang (Web Ecology Project), who with colleagues developed bots for the social media website twitter. The bots generated random tweets in an experiment to see if they could steer the conversation amongst real human tweeters.
Dec 14, 2011
Friday
375
Jon Ronson visits a man named Patrice Wilson who was responsible for the YouTube music hit 'Friday' by Rebecca Black. The video achieved over 200m views, and he believes he can do it again. Jon Ronson is treated to a track made by Patrice Wilson just for him.
Nov 03, 2011
Egypt's Arab Spring
676
Jon Ronson looks into the recent Arab Spring revolution that took place in Egypt. Talking to the telecommunications company Vodafone, it appears that during the Arab Spring uprising, the government requested for the internet to be shut down.
Oct 20, 2011
The Search Continues
577
on Ronson continues the search for Omar Gershon. Exploring Tel Aviv, Jon Ronson speaks with members of Latma Studios, the Jerusalem Post and the Israeli government, but it seems Omar Gershon's whereabouts is unknown by these people.
Oct 05, 2011
Astroturfing
783
Jon Ronson continues the 'Escape and Control' series with a story about Wendell Potter - former Vice President of corporate communications for CIGNA, one of the world's biggest health insurance companies. He spoke of patient Nataline Sarkisyan, who battled with Leukemia back in 2007 whilst CIGNA refused to provide a needed liver transplant.
Sep 21, 2011
The Hunt for Omar Gershon
535
Jon Ronson begins the ‘Escape and Control’ series by looking into a man named Marc Pax, who posted a video on YouTube about experiencing homophobia when advocating gay rights.
Sep 07, 2011
Trailer
116
In this upcoming documentary series, internationally acclaimed journalist and filmmaker Jon Ronson (Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goats and New York Times Bestseller The Psychopath Test) turns his attentions to the Internet.
Aug 25, 2011