The YouTube Effect

  • a person with text reflected back on their face
  • a man with glasses talking
  • a building with a Google sign
  • a man pointing


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, Sep 8, 2023 9:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Sep 9, 2023 9:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, Sep 13, 2023 4:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Sep 14, 2023 4:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, Sep 15, 2023 6:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Sep 17, 2023 11:00 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Alex Winter


The story of YouTube is both inspirational and cautionary; the video-sharing website appeared in 2005 and quickly grew to become one of the most ubiquitous and powerful media platforms in the world. By providing easy and immediate access to news, entertainment media and other vital forms of information, it’s impossible to overstate the video-sharing platform’s impact on global culture. It has, however, helped to radicalize some of its viewers with right-wing propaganda and other dangerous forms of media.

In many ways, the story of YouTube is the great dilemma of our times: part of the technology revolution that’s made our lives easier and more enriched, it also presents dangers and challenges that make the world a more perilous place. And at this extraordinary moment in history, it is, deep down, the story of how we got here and where we're going.

The YouTube Effect also has a relaxed screening on Sunday, September 10. Relaxed screenings offer a sensory friendly environment for those in the neuro-diverse community or for anyone who may benefit from a more informal viewing atmosphere.

Acclaimed director, writer and actor Alex Winter (The Panama Papers, The Lost Boys and the Bill & Ted franchise) will participate in a virtual Q&A after the Sunday, September 17 screening. Moderated by Hot Docs programmer David Knipe.

Tickets: $15 (Members from $10)

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