2006 � A YEAR CAUGHT ON TAPE
How the "Caught on Tape" Phenomenon Changed the Way We See the World and
The Way We Live, on a Special Two-Hour Edition of �20/20,� Friday, December 29 on ABC
Video cameras, surveillance cameras and cell phone cameras are everywhere these days, capturing outrageous crimes, embarrassing celebrity moments,\ and political gaffes. But this year there was something else � these moments are no longer just caught on tape. They are shared online. Anything captured on camera and uploaded can rocket around the Internet and onto television and computer screens in a matter of minutes. "20/20" will explore the latest trends with the winners and losers in this new online reality. "Caught" a special two-hour edition of �20/20,� airs FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Reports include:
Going Viral � Embarrassing or sensational moments have been "caught on tape" and shown on TV for decades. But today's images no longer have to turn up on television to have an impact. Instead, web sites like YouTube, MySpace and Google post an estimated 100,000 new clips each day. The result of this revolution? Viral video: clips that get passed around to millions of people. �20/20� looks at the year's hottest and most viral videos. Bill Weir reports.
Celebrity � From �Seinfeld�s� Michael Richards to Lindsay Lohan going wild and even Brittany Spears without underwear, celebrities today have become fare game to be captured on digicams or camera phones and posted on such websites as TMZ and PerezHilton. Chris Connelly reports on sites that offer constant video coverage of the famous, unfiltered and uncensored for all to see.
End of Privacy � What�s left of our privacy? John Stossel reports. Some are even embracing the lack of privacy, but for one young man whose video resume was posted online, he says his life has become a living hell.
Crime � From an elderly woman robbed in a Michigan alley to a Dunkin Donuts clerk held up with a screwdriver, these days we see actual crimes caught on tape more than ever before. Jim Avila reports on how cameras can take law-abiding citizens to where they have never been before and how surveillance tape changed the way one state polices its youngest criminals.
Borat � Borat, a clumsy fake reporter who captures unwitting people on camera, was the smash hit comedy of 2006. �20/20� retraces actor Sasha Baron Cohen�s trail of destruction and meets some of the ordinary people who were duped, and then angered, by his character Borat. Martin Bashir reports on the ultimate caught-on-tape con.
War and Politics � From the frontlines of the war in Iraq to the political battleground of the 2006 midterm elections, the surge of online video has changed the dynamic� in both campaigns, a piece of tape can be quickly uploaded, and seen by tens of thousands in a matter of hours. Elizabeth Vargas reports on why the war in Iraq has been called the �YouTube war� and how a political campaign can be won or lost just from a moment caught on tape.
Spectacles � David Muir reports on the spectacles of 2006: whether horrific or hopeful, harrowing or haunting, all of these images seem to strike some sort of universal chord that we can not turn away from.
Sports Hazing � An amazing athletic play can get viewed over and over again, but how about young athletes on display and not acting very sporty? Bill Ritter reports on very unsportsmanlike behavior, caught on camera and posted on the web.
Iconic Images � Bob Brown with an essay on the evolution of the image and how an ever-growing phenomenon is forever changing the way we live: We used to see only in our imaginations the actions and tragedies of moments that changed the course of human affairs. Now we have seen with lightning speed the evolution of a citizen-based technology into an Olympian network in which nothing seems to escape notice.
�20/20� is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is the executive producer.