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Mediated Interactions
Mediated interactions
Introduction

On 31 December 1999 the BBC, in conjunction with 50 other broadcasters, launched what it described as a ‘complex and ambitious project on a scale never before attempted in the history of television’:1 a 25-hour live broadcast during which more than 2,000 cameras around the world, operating across some 60 satellite paths, would follow the build-up to midnight country-by-country as the international dateline moved west across the globe and the year 2000 dawned in each location in turn. The aim of this project, repeatedly declared by the BBC over the course of its live coverage, was to deliver to its viewers nothing less than ‘the world’ in its entirety:

In one revolution, in one day, we bring you the world. Wherever you are, ...

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