Parents' Guide to

Follow This

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Thought-provoking show digs into quirky internet corners.

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Bent on investigating some of the odder corners of the internet, this thought-provoking show ferrets out intriguing details and treats its subjects with dignity and respect. That last point is important, because in the wrong hands, these types of social/cultural explorations can all too easily turn into a freak show. But the BuzzFeed reporters featured on the show are both game and empathetic, if occasionally nonplussed by, say, the sight of an African American survivalist pulling the guts out of a freshly shot wild turkey, or a session at ASMR sensory spa Whisperlodge that begins with all the participants donning blindfolds.

Primarily, the reporters are there to get to the bottom of just why people come together online to do something unique: talk about intersex issues, plan a sex worker uprising, disseminate information on safe heroin injection sites. And while we're getting a good long voyeuristic look at BuzzFeed's subjects, we also get a satisfying blast of "Did you know?"-type info, the kinds of anecdotes that make you look smart at parties. We also follow a sex worker who had to accept "riskier" work when advertising for her services was restricted online: "It's terrifying," she says unblinkingly, admitting that she brings pepper spray and a knife along in her purse. "Every day I go to work and think 'This could be the day I don't come back.'" Intense. Moving. Engrossing. That's Follow This in a nutshell.

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