Stephen Fry on your attempts to re-name the Digital Revolution series
Joined by our presenter, Aleks Krotoski, Stephen also took the time to consider a few of the titles we had already come up with in previous naming sessions, and muse upon the suggestions that streamed in from the Twittersphere in response to his call to action that morning.
As Stephen's impassioned appeal makes clear, our series still languishes without a name. A working title, Digital Revolution - yes - but, mere overalls, fine for this stage of the production, where the paint's flying, but when the programme launches in 2010, we'd like a name to suit the series better - a tux of a title, if you will.
We have been flooded with ideas so far. You can see all of the titles suggested by searching for the hash tag #bbcnamestorm; you can also see the names that were longlisted as contenders via our Twitter favourites page. Of these, our favourites (though not necessarily final shortlisters) are:
2010: A web Odyssey
A brain the size of a planet
all together now
Around the world in 80 nanoseconds
How the web was spun - already ours, but favoured by Fry and Aleks, so still in play
How the world was shrunk
Unbound: the World Connected
The World Mind
The Age of Dreams
The end of Distance
The Links That Bind Us
Shift: the new digital paradigm
We also had a curious affection for '1% useful' - an adaptation of 90% porn, 9% Geek, 1% useful.
Series Producer, Russell Barnes, has some guidance regards directions and themes of thinking of further names:
- Universal / galaxy / planetary - our graphics for the series are more and more visualising the web as a galaxy of planets and stars, so a name such as 'The brain the size of a planet' or 2010: A Web Odyssey has some legs for us.
- Historical paradigm shifts, such as Age of Dreams or Civilisation +
- Epic / biblical ideas, such as How the web was Spun, or Let There Be Links
So that's the story so far. An enormous response, for which we're incredibly grateful, and some really nice points of connection for us, ideas worth pursuing. But we don't think we're there yet. So please, please keep the suggestions coming - either to @bbcdigrev with the hash tag #bbcnamestorm or as replies to this blog.
To reiterate the terms of the Digital Revolution namestorm: this is not a competition, nor is it a vote. We are looking for suggestions from which the production team will choose a longlist (deadline 15 November 2009). The series producer and executive producer will take a shortlist of six names to BBC Two, and they will choose at least three of these from the longlist of your names. The final decision will be made by the BBC.