Here's my tentative six-episode pitch to the CBC, which I'm feeling pretty good about (I sent it to a CBC freelancer I admire and he had very nice things to say). I'm going to submit my official pitch once I hear back from one more trusted acquaintance, and I feel pretty good about the season I'm pitching (feminism, the internet, ephemera stories).
Ephemera is a cool glass of lemonade on a summer day. Each episode tells a compelling human story and then segues into a meditation on art, culture, or society. I narrate each episode, accompanied by audio clips.
1) the Kaycee Nicole hoax
In 1999, when we still trusted internet strangers, a mom with Munchausen's syndrome blogged as a teenager dying of cancer. The hunt for the truth involves a Canadian living in Hong Kong, a crew called the Scooby Doos, and an exploration of what makes people seek attention online.
2) so u besically killed 100+ fangirls [sic]
Did over a hundred teenage girls really commit suicide over a made-for-TV documentary? How do rumours spread and morph online, and what difference did the internet make between Beatlemania and One Direction fandom?
3) Jennicam, the first camgirl, and an intimate betrayal
In 1996, an American teenager invented "lifestreaming", the word "camgirl", cyber-exhibitionism, and betrayed her best friend, another camgirl, with astonishing cruelty.
4) Women on the WELL
Could this have been the first online women's community? Parenting advice, sisterhood, and community stand in contrast to a site defined by two men who hated women.
5) The invention and evolution of SWATting
Invented to terrorize a young woman, SWATing combines the Internet hate machine with America's militarized police. I'll trace its evolution and first attributable death.
6) Non consensual porn distribution ('revenge porn', leaked/stolen nudes) and what victims can do about it.
Of these, only #6 is wholly new; the others are retreads of episodes I've already released, which I would theoretically add to and re-style with regards to my new focus (internet herstory). Actually, #6 is also based on this month's upcoming Ephemera, but with a different focus, so I see this as being a way to reinterpret my earlier episodes as something that makes me $$$ (gotta love those government employee rates, eh bud). Anyway, let me know what you think! What did you learn from the #NefertitiHack episode???