Caleb, a young man whose life is going nowhere, finds escape and purpose on YouTube. First of a new podcast series by The New York Times.

One: Wonderland - Rabbit Hole

The podcast producers are nonspecific about where Caleb’s story ends, but it seems to be far-right extremism. Shocking because he seems like a pleasant young man. And Caleb even supported Obama. Not in a deep or informed way, but Caleb thought Obama seemed like a good guy, and that it spoke well for the US to have an African-American President.

I see my past self in Caleb.

“Rabbit Hole,” a narrative audio series with tech columnist Kevin Roose, explores what happens when our lives move online.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner