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Niall Ferguson's Networld

Niall Ferguson's Networld

  • Premiered: 
    March 17, 2020
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the book (The Square and the Tower) by Niall Ferguson 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: science, technology

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Plot Synopsis

In this three-part series, based on his book "The Square and the Tower," host Niall Ferguson visits network theorists, social scientists and data analysts to explore the history of social networks. From the Reformation and 17th century witch-hunting, through the American Revolution and to the nightmare visions of Orwell's "1984," Ferguson explores the intersection of social media, technology and the spread of cultural movements. Reviewing classic experiments and cutting-edge research, Ferguson demonstrates how human behavior, disruptive technology and profit can energize ideas and communication, ultimately changing the world. On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 8-11pm (check local listings), PBS premiered the entire three-episode series:

"Disruption" (8pm): Focusing on the great network revolution of our time and the Protestant Reformation, Ferguson untangles important issues surrounding why social media networks polarize us, why some ideas go viral and why truth itself is at a disadvantage.

"Winner Take All" (9pm): Looking at lessons from the past, 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.

"Networld War" (10pm): Focusing on the geopolitics of our interconnected world, with lessons from terrorism and surveillance, Ferguson shows how our democracies are under threat from forces that exploit and weaponize the social networks that we invented.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Chimerica Media Limited
  • In association with THIRTEEN