The nightmare videos of children’s YouTube — and what’s wrong with the internet today | James Bridle

Writer and creator James Bridle uncovers a pitch-dark, strange region of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertise income. From “surprise egg” uncovers and the “Finger Family Song” to algorithmically established mashups of familiar cartoon people in vicious places, these videos employ and frighten young recollections — and they tell us something about where our increasingly data-driven world is manager. “We need to stop thinking about technology as a solution to all of our problems, but really thought about 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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