Director Werner Herzog, Academy Award Nominee (Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man), delves into the origin of the internet and it’s growth into changing the way the world lives. Broken into ten chapters that explores different dimension of the internet and its impact in our lives and impact in the future. A playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting online lives
What We Thought:
We here at The Nerds Templar are big fans of Werner Herzog’s work so we were excited to get his latest, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. The documentary looks at the history and pros and cons of the internet age.
It starts out showing the first computer system to connect to the internet at UCLA. It talks about its early history and how there was a book with all the internet users listed in it. Yup, a book, like a phone book, that had every user’s information. Imagine that today? No anonymous trolling?
Then it shows how it got big and talks about the development of the world-wide web and how dependable we’ve become to it. People go to rehab for internet addiction. Not just porn, but gaming and social media. One woman interviewed avoided all her college classes to game. It’s almost an epidemic in South Korea.
There’s a section that talks about medical conditions caused by all the technology. Some people claim they get sick being around all the radio waves and what not that electronics give off. It also talks about how the technology has changed medicine and surgeries and the future of the medical field.
Of course Elon Musk makes an appearance. He discusses his Space X program and wanting to get to Mars. He thinks Mars would have the internet easily at first because it’s not as crowded as Earth and wouldn’t need as many satellites. Another expert in the documentary doesn’t like the idea of going to Mars because we’ll just clutter it and destroy it like we’re currently doing to Earth.
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World is pretty fascinating. Of course Herzog narrates it and drops in some questions from time to time in his awesome way of throwing off who he’s talking to. If you are a fan of his, definitely watch it. If you like documentaries about technology, it’s also recommended for you.
- Interview With Director Werner Herzog
- Theatrical Trailer
Cast & Crew:
- Elon Musk
- Werner Herzog
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