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BBC2 documentary, featuring David Baddiel, to examine impact of social media

BBC2 has announced a new special hosted by writer and comedian David Baddiel that will explore the impact social media has on our behavior. David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us ...
November 16, 2021

BBC2 has announced a new special hosted by writer and comedian David Baddiel that will explore the impact social media has on our behavior.

David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us will follow Baddiel as he probes the effects social media has on people’s lives, both online and offline. Baddiel (pictured), a self-described Twitter addict, will look at both sides of the debate: the perspective that social media has revolutionized communication, highlighted issues and driven social change; and the other, where people vent anger and toxicity, often negatively affecting the mental health of both sides of the argument.

In the hour-long special, Baddiel will examine his own social media behavior, both in the angry and hateful messages he receives and using an MRI scan to literally look at the effect they have on his brain. He’ll also quit social media cold turkey for two weeks to see if it improves his life. The doc will also see Baddiel speak with prolific users, writers and experts who both love and hate the medium, and are trying to understand what these platforms do to us.

David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us was commissioned by Patrick Holland, director of factual and arts and Claire Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries, history and religion. The BBC commissioning editor is Emma Loach. The special is produced by Wall to Wall, with Emily Shields serving as executive producer.

“Wall to Wall are delighted to have had the chance to work with David on this film which explores a complicated and incredibly pertinent subject in a way that feels utterly accessible,” Shields said in a release.

Added Emma BBC’s Loach: “David’s thoughtful and intelligent film is timely and urgent. It explores the positive, negative and complex sides to our online and offline selves and assesses the impact social media is having on all of our lives.”

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