Why “Ring Nation” is Perfect American Television

Amazon wants your doorbell footage for its new dystopian television show

Black and white surveillance image from a Ring doorbell surveillance camera showing a bear on someone’s front porch. The bear seems to be small and might be standing on its hind legs, looking around peacefully.
A bear setting off the motion detector on a Ring surveillance doorbell camera

Stories from your friends next door, they never told, you might be a star tonight, so let that camera roll.”

The opening lyrics of America’s Funniest Home Videos summed up late 1980s television culture pretty well. Early in the decade…

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Jamie Cohen

Jamie Cohen

Digital culture expert and meme scholar. Cultural and Media Studies PhD. Internet studies educator: social good, civic engagement and digital literacies