"20/20" REPORTS ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ANNA NICOLE SMITH
AIRING FRIDAY, FEB. 9, FROM 10:00-11:00 PM ET
"Caught On Tape": "20/20" Explores How the Proliferation of Cameras in
Our Society Has Impacted Our Lives, from 9:01-10:00 p.m., ET
Two Hours of "20/20" Air Friday, February 9
"20/20" will report on the much publicized life and untimely death of Anna Nicole Smith. The hour will update the latest news surrounding her death, and will examine her son's death just a few months ago, the ongoing paternity saga of her five-month-old baby girl, and Smith's life in the lights. Anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, it will feature reports by ABC News Correspondents Jim Avila, Juju Chang, Deborah Roberts, Don Dahler and Bob Brown, and will air on the regularly-scheduled hour of "20/20" on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
The previously-announced "20/20" on the "caught on tape" phenomenon will now air from 9:01-10:00 p.m., ET and will feature the following reports:
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, websites 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. Bill Weir reports.
War - The surge of online video has changed the dynamic of war... a piece of tape can be quickly uploaded from the frontlines in Iraq 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".
E-venge - Revenge is an ancient tradition, but there is nothing like the technology of the internet to broadcast the results of your vengeance to the world. Bill Ritter reports.
Celebrity - From "Seinfeld's" Michael Richards to Lindsay Lohan going wild and even Britney Spears without underwear, celebrities today have become fair 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.
Pet Videos - With the advent of YouTube, everyone's pet now has potential to be the next Lassie or Benji. Pet owners are videotaping their pets and millions are clicking to watch these animals do everything from the mundane to the hysterical to the stupid. Deborah Roberts reports.
(Please note: some of these reports are rebroadcasts.)
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is the executive producer.