Technology & Society Video Collection

Streaming Video Collection
  • 986Titles
  • 8,208Segmented Clips
  • 468Hours
  • 396Subject Categories
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We may not live in a world of flying cars, humanoid robot assistants, and laser cannons, but technology has changed our lives in countless and often unpredictable ways. This collection looks at the history and current state of how technology has changed our lives. Can iPads harm toddlers’ development? Will human workers become obsolete? Are we more “connected” yet also more alone than ever?

Collection Highlights:

  • Disconnected: A Month without Computers – a film that asks the question: what happens when a group of college students undergo a forced “digital detox?” No e-mail, no Facebook, not even Google for researching term papers. The horror!
  • Nanotechnology: The Power of Small—A Fred Friendly Seminar – widely acclaimed three-part series hosted by Peabody Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry on the social, ethical, and personal implications of advances in nanotechnology.
  • Big Brother, Big Business: The Data-Mining and Surveillance Industries – a feature-length documentary on the rapidly growing data-mining and surveillance industries, offering case studies and examples of dubious and hurtful information sharing.
  • Deluged By Data: The Infobesity Epidemic – some experts think we all suffer from data overload and “infobesity” and need a “data diet.” Meet the data lovers and skeptics and wired, tired people who go ZERO TECH to escape being deluged by data.
  • The World According to Google, Google World, and In Google We Trust – a trio of independent documentaries, each with a different approach, that go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most influential technology companies.
  • Think b4 u Post: Your Reputation and Privacy on Social Networking Sites – a playful yet serious film that warns about unforeseen consequences of indiscriminate posting of pictures and personal details on social media sites.
  • Tomorrow’s Food – an eye-opening three-part BBC series that showcases amazing innovations and advances from around the world—from future-facing farms whose crops never see daylight to space-age supermarket aisles and restaurants staffed by robots.
  • Generation LikeFRONTLINE explores how the perennial teen’s quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media—and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers.
  • A wealth of TED Talks on the effect of technology on our lives, including talks by Ray Kurzweil (singularity), Brenda Brathwaite (educational gaming), Tim Berners-Lee (open data), Stephen Wolfram (cataloging knowledge), Sherry Turkle (digital isolation), Jeff Bezos (innovation), and many more.
  • Making Stuff – four episodes that explore how materials changed history and are shaping the future, with regards to making “stuff” faster, wilder, colder, and safer.
  • Digital Side Effects: When Computers Think for Us – featuring psychologists, scientists, and professors from all over the globe, this documentary synthesizes theories, psychiatric evaluations, and quantitative evidence from studies on the brain that indicate a serious global epidemic of digital addiction.

All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across distinct, browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.


  • Conveniently segmented for lecture and in-class use
  • Unlimited access from any location—on campus or off
  • More than 350 hours of educational videos, lectures, and documentaries from top producers
  • Custom Content Upload Option
  • Captions, interactive transcripts, citations, Google Translate, and more
  • New videos added at no additional cost
  • Easily embed videos into Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, or other CMS
  • Tablet, mobile, PC & Mac friendly
  • Create and share personalized playlists using segments from multiple videos
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ABC News
American Experience
BBC Learning
Bill Moyers
Cambridge Educational
Canadian Broadcast Corp
Channel 4 Learning
ClickView Pty Limited
Falling Walls Foundation
Films for the Humanities & Sciences
Meridian Education
Modern Marvels
National Geographic
Open University
PBS NewsHour

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