Welcome to Bigipedia - the omniscient friend you know from your computer and laser watch takes over your PC or listening device for 30 minutes in a unique experiment in broadwebcasting.... Launched on an unsuspecting public, Bigipedia is a massive mash-up of Google, Microsoft, Apple, Wikipedia, My Space, Yahoo, and Amazon, all vying for your attention, love, money, and, occasionally, vital organs. Sponsored by Chianti, the worlds worst-ever beverage, with its series of ever more off-putting straplines ("Chianti - legally, wine").
In the first of the complete four episodes, we enjoy the long-awaited release of Bigipedia 2.0 - the infallible, ever-present cyberfriend is back! Now with all errors and mistakes.
In episode 2, we discover how Bigipedia 2.0 is now bigger, better, and closer - so it looks bigger twice! Also, the wisdom of crowds, the joy of deregulated advertising and Bigipedia throughout history.
In episode 3, Bigipedia 2.0 launches its own social network, BigiBuzz! Find out what's popular so you can be one of them! Also, Britain’s least-haunted house is visited by terrified ghost-hunter Felix Richard, and we find out the true meaning of pilk and pleather. And in the final episode, we launch BigiHype - the sure-fire way to raise the profile of a new event or an unpopular charity!
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Bigipedia 2.0 is another installment of the unutterable madness that only the British can provide. It sends up online research, social networking, oversharing, screen names, blatant manipulation, false emotion, discussion forums, and advertising, all performed in a style that complements our daily information overload.
If you need a break from serious reading, study, or a boring work week, you might want to listen to this. I laughed so much my face hurt. Word of advice: do not drink any beverage while listening to this unless you require nasal lavage.
This is one of the few absolutely sublime comedies to have come from Radio 4 in recent years. To me it's a direct descendant of 'Hitchhiker's Guide' (the eponymous book of which was, of course, a kind of proto-Wikipedia). There's a loose arc connecting the episodes (and connecting this series to the previous one), and like the best sketch shows the individual entries together form a particular silly, satirical world view.
I think series two is maybe not QUITE as good as series one - it's as if the creators heeded some of the criticisms that the pace was too fast and the format difficult to keep up with the first time round, so it's a bit toned down for this return. Since I loved the frenetic pace, I prefer the first series a little.
But series two did not disappoint in building upon what the previous run had one, and expanding it into ever funnier territory
The performers are pitch-perfect, the main narrator definitely channeling a little of Peter Jone's 'Guide' in his deadpan delivery of the articles. The sound production was also excellent, creating an audio version of the multi-media internet experience very effectively.
This was laugh-out-loud for me - not just smirking or tittering appreciatively, but actually having big laughs startled out of me!
Just hugely recommended!
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