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Who will win?

Watch a brand new Top Gear this Sunday night at 8pm on @bbcamerica!

The world watched in 1969. 50 years later, rel…

The world watched in 1969. 50 years later, relive one of history’s greatest achievements. 

Watch the #MoonLandingLive. This Saturday at 9pm on @BBCAmerica. 

The star of #SpaceWeek isn’t a star at all. Di…

The star of #SpaceWeek isn’t a star at all.

Discover the #WondersOfTheMoon Friday, July 19 at 10pm on @BBCAmerica.

50 years ago this week…1. The Saturn V …

50 years ago this week…

1. The Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-506) for the Apollo 11 mission liftoff at 8:32 am CDT, July 16, 1969, from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

2. Apollo 11 Official Crew Portrait. L-R: Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot.

3. Buzz Aldrin’s bootprint in the lunar soil.

4. Buzz Aldrin poses beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. 

5. Mission Operations Control Room of the Mission Control Center applauding the splashdown & success of Apollo 11.

6. President Richard M. Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts home aboard the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for the mission.

7. Full Moon photographed from Apollo 11 during its trans-Earth journey homeward, 10,000 nautical miles away.

All images courtesy of @nasa.

Why I Can’t Stop Watching Horrifying ISIS Deca…

Why I Can’t Stop Watching Horrifying ISIS Decapitation Videos:

I turn my laptop away from my husband, mute the volume, and let the horror make my head go dizzy and my stomach turn upside-down. Sometimes he catches me.

Last night he said, “What is wrong with your face? Why do you look like that?”

Journalist Brianna Snyder appeared on the podcast, speaking very frankly about how she used to be compelled to watch violent, extreme content on the internet after a crisis of her own mortality. 

Personally I was very moved reading her article, as it’s a rare thing to have someone speak to honestly about viewing such material, and the psychological toll it can have on people who have seen it. It’s well worth a read, but be warned it does deal with very dark subject matter.

Stream of download the podcast here Digital Human: Series 17, Ep 5 – Ghoul

To All WPD Subscribers Top Level Coments

To All WPD Subscribers Top Level Coments:

On episode 5 of this series of the Digital Human podcast (link to show below), we explored violent content online – why we criticise those facilitating the supply we rarely talk about the demand. Aleks Krotoski asks who views it and why. 

One of our guests was Russell Ryland, who moderated the now banned Watch People Die subreddit, who explained why so many people were drawn to watch such content, and how they were demonised in the mainstream media as violent and hateful, without speaking to any of them.

Here is an archived comment thread where users explained why the were subscribers, and even how they believed viewing the content had improved rather than damaged their lives.

Listen to the full episode here – Digital Human: Series 17, Ep 5 – Ghoul

People who watch beheading videos are motivate…

People who watch beheading videos are motivated by fear of terrorism, UCI study finds:

Researchers also found that fear of terrorism and having a history of violent victimization appear to draw individuals to this highly graphic coverage – and that watching such videos was associated with global distress and fear of the future about two years after they went viral. The report appears in American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association.

“Our study is the first to identify the motivations behind viewing a beheading video and the long-term consequences of doing so,” said senior author Roxane Cohen Silver, UCI professor of psychological science. “Our findings suggest that when individuals are afraid of horrific acts of cruelty occurring in the world, they may be curious to seek out graphic coverage of these types of events. But this may only exacerbate their distress and anxiety over time, locking them into a spiral of fear.”

Professor Silver told us more about her research on the podcast. Stream or download the episode here Digital Human: Series 17, Ep 5 – Ghoul 

Violent content online has rightly been condem…

Violent content online has rightly been condemned. Yet while we criticise those facilitating the supply we rarely talk about the demand. In episode 5 of this series of Digital Human, Aleks Krotoski asks who views it and why.

In this clip Journalist Brianna Snyder recalls an occasion when her curiosity got the better of her, and lead to her being compelled to view extreme content online.

Listen to the full episode here – Digital Human: Series 17, Ep 5 – Ghoul 

The artwork for the show is by the supremely talented Seonaid MacKay.

BBC Radio 4 – The Digital Human – Downloads

BBC Radio 4 – The Digital Human – Downloads:

Hey guys, all episodes of series 17 are available to download both from BBC Sounds and on iTunes. So if you’re the binging type when it comes to audio check it out. Especially check out our 100th episode special, the Analogue Human – we loved cutting that on tape.

topgear: @topgear is back with a brand new sea…

topgear:

@topgear is back with a brand new season on @bbcamerica

Watch Chris Harris and new hosts Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff revisit old rides and the birthplace of humanity in the season premiere. Available to watch for FREE right now: http://bit.ly/TopGearFreePremiere