Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World


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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