With his usual sharpness and critical sense, German filmmaker Lutz Dammbeck makes a revisionist essay about the internet mixing topics such as digital utopia, terrorism, CIA, anarchism, drugs, MKULTRA and more.
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Portland German Film Festival/ DOK Leipzig
The Net - Unabomber, LSD & Internet. The hidden side of the Internet
The Net explores the back-story of Ted Kaczynski (the infamous ‘Unabomber’) as a prism to the often unexamined side of the history of the Internet.
The film combines travelogue and investigative journalism to trace contrasting counter-cultural responses to the so-called ‘cybernetic’ revolution of the 1970s.
For some whom resist the pervasive systems of digital technology, the Unabomber can come to symbolise an ultimate figure of refusal.
But for those that embrace the technologies, as did and do the champions of so-called ‘media art’, such as Marshall McLuhan, Nam June Paik and Stewart Brand, the promises of worldwide networking and instantaneous communication outweigh any and all of the concerns.