Our niftiest and spiffiest content, all in one great show. This week, a look at the shifting human condition. Holocaust survivors being turned into holograms, a Russian "Swiss Family Robinson" that missed most of the 20th Century, corporate anthropologists, transplant "tourism," the nasty effect of internet comments, and a former professor pens a memoir about being stalked by an ex- student online.
Today’s digital world has turned the feedback process into a real-time drama. Home videos, blogs, book review; once posted, everything is fair game for comments, ranging from the rational to the vicious. Few people know this better than James Lasdun - a poet and author, most recently of “Give Me Everything You Have”. The new book is a chilling account of his relationship with a former student turned stalker, who since 2007 has been working to tear down Lasdun’s personal and professional reputation through a terrifying online campaign of hate mail and public commentary.