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Dan Biddle Dan Biddle | 14:26 UK time, Monday, 29 March 2010

So, we come to the close of our production and our project. The Virtual Revolution series has run its course, topped off recently by the news that we've been nominated for a Digital Emmy!

Essentially this last post is a thank you to everyone who got involved with the project. The early days: the Web at 20 launch event, The Web Is... videos; our early production blogs - the ideas we were developing for the series, both good and... not so good - your participation, opinions and advice has been greatly appreciated.

Likewise, your interaction with our rushes clips - we hope you enjoy them, continue to use them for your own films and enjoyment. Massive thanks also go to those who took part in the short film competition. The winners and runners up can be found on the competition page.

Thanks also go out to everyone who participated with the programme around transmission in January and February 2010 - raising issues, concerns, debate on the blogs for each programme, as well as picking up the Twitter tag #bbcrevolution and joining us throughout the actual programme 140 characters at a time.

And thanks to those who have participated in the Web Behaviour Test. Especially to those who experienced the teething troubles we had straight after the show, but stuck with us. The test remains live, so you can still find out what web animal you are (for the record: I'm a fox). The data collected continues to inform the scientific research being undertaken by Professor David Nicholas' team at University College London.

So, there we have it - The Virtual Revolution. Hopefully we have managed to thank everyone who helped us so much during this open source documentary production. We'll let you know if we win the Digital Emmy with a celebratory tweet from @bbcdigrev - so keep your fingers crossed.

Regardless of awards, we're hoping that the experiences this open source documentary will feed and inspire other BBC productions in the future, to find new and interesting ways to engage and share with audiences more. We'll leave the blog open for comments for one more week, in case you want to add your own final evaluation of this production process, after which time, we will close the blog comments. All of the content will remain here on the site, of course, but no further interactions will happen on the blog.

Who knows - maybe we'll reunite for an examination of the web at 40 years-old? But until that day...

Many, many thanks,


  • Comment number 1.

    So long, farewell, it's been good to know you .........

    Great choreography from yourself Dan meant the whole time one felt privileged to be in the chorus line of a Blockbuster Show.

    Maybe the speed of change will bring the next review in 10 years rather than 20 ~ from my end of a lifetime I sure hope it does.

    Actually, the whole concept and execution of the series has to be 'The' best interactive participation the BBC has ever hosted. Long may this Quality Broadcasting be championed & aired.

    OK off now to try and #save6music & the Asian network and sort out the stupidity of axing them when digital radio is being prematurely foisted on us: Plus fighting the undemocratic #debill ~ if that happens in it's present guise there may not be a 'legal' online audience for any future revolutions, virtual or otherwise!

    Best of all good wishes to you Dan and everyone else on the Production Team and all the other online participants ~ Wasn't it FUN!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 2.

    The Web at 40 will be unrecognisable from the one we know today; as the 'landscape' has changed in the past 20 years, so it will continue to change over the next 20. The themes that you programme covered and the issues discussed here will still be as valid.
    It'll be interesting to see if the answers will have become any more clear-cut to issues such as file sharing, intellectual property rights and so on?

    One issue I think will rise up the agenda will be our 24/7 dependency on these 'glowing screens', both in the extreme cases.
    e.g. London doc starts service for young "screenagers" 18/03/10

    'Screenagers' - Damn, wish I'd thought of that one. (Hmm, a book called 'Generation tXt' perhaps?)

    Good luck at the Digital Emmys.

    I enjoyed participating; the discussions (and rushes) were stimulating, and of quite a high level of informed, involved debate. I learnt a lot

    Adieu, Salut.

    Pity I can't embed this, but in similar vein to Pete n Dud :-)

  • Comment number 3.

    Lost my train of thought above.
    OK. Focus now.

    'Both in the extreme cases' ...

    and in the less clear-cut; our increasing dependence on these gadgets in everyday life and work.

    Now, no really, I mean it this time: "Bub Bye, Buh Bye now, Bub Bye..."

  • Comment number 4.

    Many thanks SheffTim and EnglishFolkFan :) As two of our 'early adopters' and regular contributors, your final And fond farewells are much appreciated. It's been great sharing this project with you.

    (Love the Barbie bye-byes!)


  • Comment number 5.

    Congratulations to BBCVirtRev team for the Digital Emmy nomination and we’re crossing everything.

    Thanks again to fellow participants --- it was definitely fun as well as informative and collaborative, :*).

    Thanks to Dan Biddle for even-handed summaries and good sense of humor throughout what were sometimes voluminous streams of consciousness.

    What do I hope for the future of the Web? I believe we need more inspirational technical women of the caliber of Dame Wendy Hall and others listed here:

    * https://eu.techcrunch.com/2009/03/24/ada-lovelace-day-celebrating-women-in-tech/

    * https://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/witsend/2010/03/a-few-great-posts-for-ada-lovelace-day.html

    We also need ones who can found and grow companies like a Google.

    The sooner more talented women become involved at code and values level of the Web, the sooner the Web will become smarter and more socially conscious. Hopefully, we won’t need to wait another 20 years before some technical female CEO-founders of the likes of a Google / Facebook emerge.

    After all, think how comedy became smarter when the likes of Tracey Ullman, Jennifer Saunders and Tina Fey appeared in the mix.

    For adieus. since the BBC is showing this at Easter:

    * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bRjbWV7T-s

  • Comment number 6.

    Ah and I should add that this was the first time I've ever commented on any BBC site or about any program ever.

    Whilst EnglishFolkFan is going to save some BBC radio channels and SheffTim will continue to illuminate the BBC blogs on science (notably biodiversity and climate change issues), I'm...........

    ............moving to Silicon Valley.

    Bye and good luck for Digital Emmy and future Virtual Revolutions!


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