Parks and Recreation is a successful NBC comedy entering its seventh and final season. Several weeks ago the show aired an episode that tackled the issue of online privacy. In this episode the fictional company Grizzl, a mish mash of Google, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley behemoths, come under attack for their data mining and privacy practices. The episode explores these issues with it’s usual satirical humor. View a 4:45 minute highlight reel of the episode below…
You can download the full 9:15 minute version here.
The episode doesn’t proselytize the beliefs of privacy advocates, in fact it often makes privacy concerns seem silly, but it raises the issue and lets the viewer come to their own conclusion. What do you think?
- Mashable – Why ‘Parks and Recreation’ tackled digital privacy in its final season
- Engadget – NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ Puts Data Privacy Under the Comic Lens
- Giga Om – Parks and Recreation Takes On Silicon Valley in Final Season
- Washington Post – Parks and Recreation Take on Online Privacy and it Hits Close to Home
- Computer World – Parks And Recreation, Facebook and The New Privacy
- Check out another Parks and Recreation clip from 2011 below (youtube version)…