The 2012 documentary “Me the Zoo” (8 p.m., HBO) examines the curious contemporary phenomenon of instant Internet celebrity.
The film profiles teenage video blogger Chris Crocker, who gained near-universal recognition with his “Leave Britney Alone” manifesto. Along the way, “Me the Zoo” ponders how social media have changed the way young people communicate, tell stories and conduct their lives, online and off.
Crocker lives with his grandparents and seems to document every moment of his waking life. His insistence on identifying as a woman has made him the object of bullying and has confused his loved ones. In one of his many films, his grandmother declares, “I can’t realize you’re a girl when you are standing here looking like a guy.”
After being beaten up and taunted in public schools, Crocker was home-schooled and discovered the Internet as a way to connect with the outside world. Crocker’s online performances and his defense of Britney Spears have brought him an enormous audience and some measure of fame.
But is he any less isolated? Is there a difference between communicating and “performing”? Between “documenting” life and living it?
• The slackers on “Workaholics” (8 p.m., Comedy Central) celebrate a holiday of their own invention: Half-Christmas. Upset that their boss doesn’t give them time off for the quasi-yuletide, they go on strike.
In keeping with the brand-new tradition, Comedy Central also repeats “Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special” (7 p.m.), a holiday puppet extravaganza from 2008.
Tonight’s other highlights
• U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (7 p.m., NBC).
• Fashion sets the agenda on “Hell’s Kitchen” (7 p.m., Fox).
• Ricky mulls a job offer on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (7 p.m., ABC Family).
• Judges break the gang into teams and give them the breakfast shift at a resort on “MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox).
• Fanny’s lawyer delivers some disturbing news on “Bunheads” (8 p.m., ABC Family).
• Evidence of sabotage on “Eureka” (8 p.m., Syfy).
• Bo infiltrates a fight club on “Lost Girl” (9 p.m., Syfy).