Is the Internet the house of devil?

Werner Herzog, a pen name for Werner Stipetic, was born in 1942 and is a German director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He produced, wrote and directed over 50 movies and 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 has focused on making documentaries, such as „Cape of Forgotten Dreams” – a movie about cave paintings from France, „Into the Abyss ”- a study on capital punishment in Texas and „Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” (2016).

This last title is divided into ten chapters, all of them dealing with the impact of modern technology on contemporary world. Also, we can hear a lot of interesting facts about technology from personalities like Bob Kahn, Elon Musk, Sebastian Thurn and Ted Nelson.

Some chapters from the movie are entitled „The Early Days”, „Internet on Mars”, „The Dark Side” and so on. The chapter that influenced me the most is the one that deals with the matter of breaking intimacy on the Internet.

Herzog visits the parents of Nikky Catsouras, who died nearly decapitated in a car accident in 2006. A patrolman took a photo of her dead body because of the regulations he needed to obey, but then he sent it to his colleagues and somehow the photo appeared everywhere on the Internet.

After a short time, her family started being tormented by some people that sent them her photo with a message Woo hoo, daddy! I’m still alive! Nikki’s family was so horrified that withdrew their youngest daughter from the virtual world and school.

Her mother actually believes that the devil lives in the Internet and it will slowly make us more like him.

Breaking intimacy on Internet is a big problem and a lot of people is dealing with it. Somehow, are guilty too. They post a lot of things on the Internet. For example, they post where they are or what they are doing. This is certainly not a good thing and I think that if we are more reserved in posting all the things on Internet, it will be better.

In a nutshell, I would certainly recommend this movie for all ages, because it tells you a lot of useful things about the digital age.

romina dutcas



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