"i-CAUGHT:" DISSECTING THE NEW VIDEO REVOLUTION
Airs Tuesday, August 21 at 9:00 p.m., ET on ABC
From posting potentially dangerous stunts online for cash to policing the police, this week's
"i-CAUGHT" examines seven stories that are part of the video revolution. Anchored by Bill Weir,
"i-CAUGHT," the new ABC newsmagazine, airs TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Reports include:
* Phrogging: Talk about a homeowner's nightmare - two women posting their how-to guide on sneaking into your suburban home. The girls' online confessions attempt to give a detailed account on how to successfully but illegally squat in a home that is already occupied for days at a time. They call themselves "phroggs" because, they say, like frogs, they leap from "pad to pad". But are these girls for real? Bill Weir reports.
* Vidmax Kids: Since the premiere of the TV show "Jackass," kids have been imitating it by doing - and filming - their own amateur stunts. The stunts have ramped up to self-mutilation, from kids sewing their lips shut to drilling screws into each other's arms. Thousands of these amateur stunt films grace video sharing sites. Up until recently, these daredevils just filmed their stunts and shared them for possible notoriety and respect from their peers. But now the daredevils can also make money, as web entrepreneurs like Eric Barath from Vidmax.com are actually paying for their stunt videos. Although some of the young daredevils like this new development, some parents are outraged about these sites, which they say encourage other kids to try dangerous stunts. Jim Avila reports.
* Internet Made Me Famous: William Sledd was just a 23-year-old living with his parents in Paducah, Kentucky and working at the Gap. Through boredom and curiosity, he started making video blogs and posting them on YouTube. He named his video sessions "Ask a Gay Man" and discussed everything from fashion and baking cupcakes to being gay in a small town. Within a few months, Sledd had the fifth-most-viewed video on YouTube. Now, almost a year later and 45 videos down, his fan base keeps growing and the mainstream media is knocking on his door.
* Bandit Nicknames: Bank robber surveillance video is all over the net -- so are bank robber nicknames. But nicknames are in effect a marketing campaign. Meet an FBI agent whose goal is to eliminate bank robberies. Why are so many banks such easy targets? "i-CAUGHT" shows you what bank robbers already know. Bill Weir reports.
* Jimmy Justice: Policing the police... a one-man crusade against cops behaving badly. His weapon -- a video camera. Jeff Rossen reports.
* News Bloopers: They are the scenes many reporters would like to forget, but will never live down: news bloopers in live shots, unexpected surprises on-air and Freudian slips. But the viral spread of information has turned these humorous and embarrassing on-air moments into new form of accountability. These moments live on the Internet forever and remind and reinforce the media how a few seconds on-air can have everlasting consequences. Jake Tapper reports.
* One World: One World is the story of the video most responded to on YouTube. The viral video campaign invites viewers to take a stand, join in and be a part of something. Bill Weir reports.
In conjunction with the new show, the "i-CAUGHT" website allows people to submit their own video to be considered for the program. People can upload video to it through ABCNews.com.
"i-CAUGHT" is anchored by Bill Weir. David Sloan is the executive producer and Jon Meyersohn, Ann Reynolds and Danielle Baum are the senior producers.