Contemplating the internet's impact on society

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A new film examines society's reliance on the internet and the good and bad effects of global connectivity. You don't expect to find movie reviews on Network Computing, but a film produced by a networking company that examines the effect of the internet on society is an unusual event.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World by German filmmaker Werner Herzog, released in selected theaters and available for streaming Friday, provides a unique, thought-provoking view of technology.

 

The movie does not focus on technical issues, but considers some of the internet's origins and how society has become dependent on it. For hardcore technology fans, there are interesting tidbits such as the Interface Message Processor, an early predecessor to today's routers built at Bolt, Beranek and Newman (now Raytheon BBN Technologies). There's also an interview with an early pioneer of hypertext, Ted Nelson.

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