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'Niall Ferguson's Networld'
(DVD / PG / 2020 / PBS)

Overview: In this groundbreaking new series hosted by Niall Ferguson and based on his bestselling book The Square and the Tower, Ferguson visits network theorists, social scientists and data analysts to explore the history of social networks.

Ferguson demonstrates how human behavior, disruptive technology and profit can energize ideas and communication, ultimately changing the world.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, Niall Campbell Ferguson is a Scottish-born historian. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Previously, he was a professor at Harvard University and New York University, visiting professor at New College of the Humanities and senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.

For my money, 'Niall Ferguson's Networld' is an excellent introduction into modern thoughts on the effects of networks on society with excellent applied network theory concepts presented.

Personally, I was very interested in the fractal aspects of networks which is not addressed being out of scope here, but that's neither here nor there, of course.

Until recently, most casual conversations about current television would arrive at the same conclusion: “There’s just too much! You can’t watch it all!”

That diagnosis is now being put to the test. But not only are the sequestered multitudes going to consume more television, they’re likely to digest it differently.

And there are few better examples of that than 'Niall Ferguson’s Networld,' out now via PBS. 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. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.