‘Ring Nation’ is what happens when America’s Funniest Home Videos meets Black Mirror

Wanda Sykes has signed up to be the host America’s Funniest Home Videos kind of TV show. However, it won’t show any clips intentionally captured with cameras or phones — no, it will show videos captured by Ring doorbells and smart home cameras. The show is called ring nation, and it is a production of MGM Television and Big Fish Entertainment. If you’re wondering what the common denominator is between the three, it’s none other than Amazon. The e-commerce giant owns MGM and Big Fish and bought Ring’s smart doorbell business for $1 billion in 2018.

Corresponding meeting, Ring Nation is showing viral videos with content like neighbors rescuing neighbors, marriage proposals, military meetings and animals doing stupid things. In other words, videos that you’re likely to come across online if you frequent social media, unless the show also features new content that could potentially go viral if shared by Ring owners.

Barry Poznick, President of Alternative Television & Orion TV at MGM, said: “From the outrageous to the hilarious and uplifting viral must-see moments from across the country, every day, Ring Nation has something for everyone who wants to watching at home.”

That Amazon wants to make videos captured by its smart doorbells a source for fun family TV can also feel a bit black mirror-esque, especially considering Ring’s relationship with law enforcement. Senator Edward Markey recently shared a disclosure showing that Amazon had released Ring footage to law enforcement agencies in the United States 11 times without a court order or user consent.

A company spokesman justified Ring’s actions, telling us that the law authorizes companies “to release information to government agencies when the company believes an emergency involving the death or serious injury of any person… warrants prompt disclosure.” Markey tweeted about his disclosure, “We cannot take this surveillance as inevitable.” He also capitalized on disclosure as an an example why lawmakers should pass the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technologies Moratorium Act, which they introduced in hopes of banning law enforcement from using the technologies.

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