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Filmfest Part 4

Jul 2, 2016 - cult:online, by Tobias Sedlmaier

A Curious breaks new ground
Werner Herzog's "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World" (98 minutes)


"Maybe, the Internet itself dreams", Werner Herzog muses at the end of his new documentary "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World". One consideration that stimulates not only since the works of Philip K. Dick himself to dream, whether and where the soul dwells in the machine brains. One consideration that still belongs to the more profound of "Lo and Behold", finally Duke is not a profound analyst, but a Momentary, a seeker. A questioner.

In ten chapters, the German director who probably is the exact opposite of James Cameron in digital affinity, the question goes like this actually globally spanning network called Internet works. And more on the technical, because of the social or political level. On hashtag Herzog has no interest. From the early days of the Internet with very klotzigem computer model that Leonard Kleinrock as pioneering first presented as a sanctuary, the film spans the way to the future with self-driving cars. Interviewees are names in the industry such as Elon Musk, Bob Kahn or the hacker Kevin Mitnick, whom Herzog met with the usual of him sincere interest and great empathy. Positive effects and achievements, such as the collective exploration of molecular structures by means of an online game called "Lo and Behold" as well as the dark side of networking.

Here Herzog is very selective before: So is the only point in the chapter "The Dark Side" a particularly extreme case of cyberbullying. About the excesses of Silicon Valley on the other hand not a word, nothing diagnose of changes in the working conditions or political participation, the critical voices as Evgeny Morozov or Yvonne Hofstetter years. Only once warned Leonard Kleinrock that the Internet has become the greatest enemy of critical thinking. Instead portrayed Duke a group of people who have completely withdrawn from the digital world, because they could not stand the radiation health in their own words. investigate this phenomenon, might be for your own documentation an exciting venture for the big picture of global communication it is still marginal. Thus, the strength of the Duke, even on a small scale to discover still something significant, in "Lo and Behold" sometimes just also for weakness.