Independent Lens

S20 E12 | PREVIEW

Trailer | People's Republic of Desire

In an age where the power of technology helps us connect, are we as isolated as ever?
People’s Republic of Desire exposes the baffling reality of how virtual relationships are replacing real-life human connections through China’s video-based social network YY––a hugely popular gathering place for over 300 million people in China.

AIRED: February 25, 2019 | 0:00:30
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

- [Narrator] Human connections are up for sale.

Average fans spend thousands to buy votes,

while rich backers invest millions in China's

futuristic competition for live-streaming stars.

Technology pulls them closer together.

But now, they're more isolated than ever.

People's Republic of Desire,

part of Independent Lens on PBS.

STREAM INDEPENDENT LENS ON

  • ios
  • apple_tv
  • android
  • roku
  • firetv

FEATURED PROGRAMS

World Channel
Vienna Blood
Under a Minute
The Talk: Race in America
The National Parks
The Cardinal’s Files
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Talking Pictures with Neil Rosen
Room Tone
Reel 13
RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR
Prideland
Pioneers of Television
PBS Remixed
PBS Online Film Festival