The enemy wears a friendly mask

Werner Herzog, born in 1942, is a screenwriter, director, producer and actor. He produced and directed over 50 movies and he appeared as an actor in some of them. Among these are “La Boheme” ( 2009), “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done” (2009), “Rescue Dawn” (2006) and “Grizzly Man” ( 2005). In the last years, Werner Herzog was focused on documentaries, among which we can mention “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” – a movie about cave paintings from France, “Into the Abyss” – a movie about the capital punishment in Texas and “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World” (2016).

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The last one, “Lo and Behold: Reviers of the Connected World” was released in 2016 and addresses the subject of Internet addiction and how the Internet reshapes people, transforming them into robots. The movie is divided into ten chapters, all of them dealing with the impact of technology in the world and in our lives. They are entitled as follow: “The Early Days”, “The Glory of the Net”, ”The Dark Side”, “Life Without the Net”, “The End of the Net”.

Some parts of the documentary are so deep, inviting you to a reflection on how the Internet influences our lives, our actions or our emotions.

The chapter that influenced me most is “The Dark Side” and I consider it is the most powerful chapter of the film. Herzog interviews the family of Nikki Catsouras, an 18 year old girl who died in a car accident. After losing their daughter and sister in this horrible accident, they received images of her disfigured body and in the same time messages from anonymous users. These messages was sent for no reason, probably just to make them suffer more, because nowadays Internet transforms people in robots without any trace of feelings.

When her mother talks about this incident and about the depravity found on the Internet, she gives a powerful explanation: “I have always believed that the Internet is a manifestation of the Antichrist. Of evil itself. It is the spirit of evil. And I feel like it’s running through everybody on Earth and it’s claiming its victories in those people that are also evil.”.

Through this chapter, Herzog highlights emotional abuse in the field of Internet. So, maybe the Internet is our source of information, but it’s also an enemy for us. It’s the perfect enemy, with a friendly mask, but slowly and surely it destroys our relationships, our health and not only.

Finally, I want to recommend this film because, beside the multitude of information, it makes you reflect on the impact that the Internet has on people.





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