The philosophical debate of our lifetime: is the Internet the greatest thing we have ever created or a disaster for humanity?
Who better to answer his question than Werner Herzog? Considered one of the greatest figures in New German Cinema, the famed screenwriter, film director, author and more is back with an incredible look at the Internet. He’s done everything from feature films like Bad Lieutenant, to short films to – my personal favourite – the world of documentaries.
Lo And Behold – Reveries of the Connected World is now playing at a theatre near you.
From the Lo And Behold website: “The Oscar-nominated Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.”
It’s much more than that.
In Lo And Behold, Herzog prods some of the digital economy’s most prominent thinkers to deconstruct whether or not the internet is our greatest glory, or whether or not we will still need human companionship in an AI world. He even questions the power of individuals as being creative creators. Today, Vice published a great conversation between Ben Makuch and Herzog on everything from virtual reality, the future of humanity and trolling the internet community. It’s a great thought piece about internet culture and a primer to go and see Lo And Behold.