This episode of "Retro Report on PBS" examines the addictive nature of social media and how it might be explained by psychological experiments from the 1950s, protests by black athletes, Wall Street's sexual harassment scandal of the 1990s, and Florida's growing snake problem.
Facebook has come under fire for manipulating users and sharing their personal data. A theory pioneered by psychologist B.F. Skinner is at the root of social media’s grip on our attention.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew inspiration from the actions of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics when he kneeled during the national anthem. The rise of celebrity culture created an era of avoidance. Jelani Cobb reflects on the meaning and profit of dissent.
The #MeToo movement drew attention to sexual harassment and discrimination against women. The impact of sexual harassment scandals that rippled through Wall Street in the 1980s and 1990s is still felt today.
Imported Asian pythons decimated 90% of some species in the Florida Everglades, sparking reactions from the public and wildlife management. In 2009, a 12-foot python strangled a two-year-old girl in her crib.
The New Yorker's Andy Borowitz lampoons political advertisements and the "unsavory products" they may sell; see several advertisements for politicians and cigarettes.
Credits: Social Media's Addictive Power
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Retro Report on PBS covers addictive social media, athlete protests, #MeToo and sexism on Wall Street, and pythons threatening the Everglades. Plus, Andy Borowitz gives his take on political ads.
Length: 54 minutes
Copyright date: ©2019
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