Nial Ferguson’s Networld

Nial Ferguson’s Networld (3/60 minute programs) – Explore the history of social networks as historian/author Niall Ferguson reveals the intersection of social media, technology and cultural movements. He demonstrates how human behavior, technology and profit can energize ideas and change the world.

  • #101 – Disruption – airs 3/17 at 8 p.m. – Focusing on the great network revolution of our time and the Protestant Reformation, Niall Ferguson untangles important issues surrounding why social media networks polarize us, why some ideas go viral and why truth itself is at a disadvantage.
  • #102 – Winner Takes All – airs 3/17 at 9 p.m. – Looking at lessons from the past, Niall Ferguson tells the story of how a decentralized worldwide web shifted to become a highly profitable network controlled by a tiny elite selling our attention for billions to the world’s advertisers.
  • #103 – Networld War – airs 3/17 at 10 p.m. – Focusing on the geopolitics of our interconnected world, with lessons from terrorism and surveillance, Niall Ferguson shows how our democracies are under threat from forces that exploit and weaponize the social networks that we invented.


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