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Madness, addiction and wickedness. Here is the web according Herzog

Sep 16, 2016 - il Giornale.it, by Cinzia Romani

Here is the web according Herzog In "Lo and Behold" the director tells the 73 year old "thing" that has "crept into the dark side of human existence"

It was true glory? Do not expect posterity Werner Herzog, the director, screenwriter and producer German 73 year old with a half-century career of the original films as Aguirre: God's wrath (1972) and Fitzcarraldo (1982), and immediately give the judgment.

Yes, it is true glory to the Internet. And it shows, with the visionary power of his eyes, in his new movie Lo and Behold. Internet: the future is now (since October 6, with I Wonder Pictures and Unipol Biografilm: brave). Where, in 6 thematic blocks - a chapter entitled: The Network glory - is through the various stages of the digital revolution that, for better or for worse, has changed our lives. Considering the latest news stories Tiziana suicide Canton for hard viral videos and a minor in Rimini raped, while the friends spread the video of the rape of Whatsapp -, one would say that the digital world brings with it abjection only.

But there is an epic side of what Herr Herzog, a great admirer of Leni Riefenstahl and non-owner of the phone (use the Internet only to send e-mail: basically is a technology tourist), called "the thing." And in the film it states that the network was designed "for a community in which everyone trusted the other," when there was any talk of cyberterrorism.

To emphasize the importance of the Internet, the cult director here committed his German master, harsh voice, then, and hoarse, explaining step by step how it all began. Few know that in 1969 a modest university computer lab UCLA in Los Angeles sent the first message transmitted on the Internet a few hundred kilometers, scientists from Stanford University anxiously waiting. And there's Professor Leonard Kleinrock of UCLA, one of the creators of Arpanet, the precursor to what we now know as the Internet, which opens a big closet: is the first computer in history, within which old mechanisms and wires "vintage" emanate yet "smells good."

Guiding the viewer in a short survey of the early days of the Net, Herzog fixed pride and passions of innovators like Bob Kahn, the inventor of some protocols underlying the Internet and how Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web. People excited and bizarre minds parade in this series on the pioneers of the digital community where interesting conversations pose great questions. "It is possible that the Internet dreams itself?" Asks Herzog two neuroscientists, quoting the strategist Karl von Clausewitz, at the time of Napoleon: "The war, at times, dreams herself." None of the respondents has a real answer, but the immense power of the connected world is out of the question.

"This reality has spread everywhere, so it is natural that creeps even in the dark side of human existence. Science fiction writers from the fifties onwards had not even remotely imagined the advent of the Internet. They spoke of flying machines and interplanetary colonies, but nobody anticipated the radical change that the company would have lived, "considers Herzog. That, at some point, interviewing the entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, which designs and organizes trips to Mars, it is said interested to fly to the red planet, but with a return ticket ... The the future is now.

But then came the sad testimony of girls and young employees from the game on the Net, admitted to rehabilitation centers for detoxification by the continuous connection (in China and Korea, some people die at the computer because I never detaches and c ' it is who wears diapers, to avoid wasting time going to the bathroom) and the stories of the many who fall ill, for too much radiation, and are forced to live in a place away from electrical fields. To make people smile, even irony, they think "the demigod hacker" Kevin Mitnick, who tells how he violated the Motorola 'secrets to having a trophy "(four years in federal prison) and robotics engineer Joydeep Biswas, enthusiastic his 8 robot that plays football as Messi and Ronaldo. If the aim of this anthology on digital culture is to educate people, to the eye Catsouras grieving family, picturesquely framed in its isolation: the daughter Nikki stole his dad's Porsche, had crashed into the car and the picture of his decapitated head was immediately sent to the father from anonymous trolls, with the phrase: "Cuckoo, dad."

The film's subtitle says are "the connected world of dreams." But for the mother of Nikki Catsouras, "The Internet is the manifestation of the Antichrist."