The internet - wow. How did we ever get by without it? Here at Rodesk, we actually owe our very existence to the phenomenon.
As we grow completely dependent on it, we are gradually failing to appreciate the exceptional nature of this thing we call the internet. Documentary film maker Werner Herzog even goes so far as to call it “one of the greatest revolutions witnessed by us as humans”. Still, the worldwide web does have its drawbacks, such as internet addiction and cyber-bullying, for instance.
We all use it every single day, utterly relying on it without even knowing. We take it for granted and never even consider casting a reflective glance at its infinite connections, or ponder the ramifications of the terrifying power the internet embodies. This documentary portrays the ever-increasing interconnectivity of the net, asking critical questions on the go. Werner has a wonderfully pragmatic way of addressing these issues, conveying a catchy rhythm to the storyline. He manages to keep up this cadence from his captivating account of the internet’s initial physical birth, right through to the question marks he sprinkles around as the film approaches its conclusion.
In his documentary, Herzog, a widely acclaimed German film director, encounters several interesting persons as he makes his way through the subject matter. They range from some of the world of technology’s pioneers such as Elon Musk and Sebastian Thrun to victims of wireless networks and cyber-harassment. This combination makes for a starkly contrasting portrait of our interconnected society. It demonstrates the importance and necessity of technological progress while simultaneously pointing out the price we might have to pay for it. An absolute must-see for any digital nomad with a critical mindset.
Watch the official trailer here: