Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

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The first attempt to connect over the worldwide network was supposed to be “Log On.” The connection could only be maintained for two strokes: “Lo.” Thus, the title. The storyline of this documentary is “Werner Herzog’s exploration of the Internet and the connected world.” Sound like a very long, overly broad film to be avoided? Actually, this is a rather brilliant and engaging 90-minute linear capture of progress from the beginning of the worldwide net to the present explosion of technology. I reacted along a spectrum: excited, challenged, amused, alarmed. Consider the runaway possibilities spawned by an internet available to a virtual planet full of people.

The format is mostly mostly commentary by, among others: Herzog, Lawrence Krauss, Kevin Mitnick, Elon Musk, Sebastian Thrun, Lucianne Walkowicz. I admit, I didn’t take notes during the film, so these names were culled from IMDb. This documentary is a broad commentary of thoughts and challenges related to the accelerating pace of technological advances in a connected world. Herzog makes an impressive case that this is one of the important conversations for all of us. I recommend both seeing the film and continuing the conversation.

It reminded me of something we’d discuss at KentPresents.

Barbara Motley

 

 

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