The Net: The Unabomber, LSD And The Internet
A hard-to-find but startling 2003 documentary about the origins of the internet, the true intentions of why it was created, and the story of Ted Kaczynski (The Unabomber) and what he thought of the technological web...
Ultimately stunning in its revelations, Lutz Dammbeck's THE NET explores the incredibly complex back-story of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber. This exquisitely crafted inquiry into the rationale of this mythic figure situates him within a late 20th Century web of technology, a system that he grew to oppose. A marvelously subversive approach to the history of the Internet, this insightful documentary combines speculative travelogue and investigative journalism to trace contrasting counter-cultural responses to the cybernetic revolution. For those who resist these intrusive systems of technological control, the Unabomber has come to symbolize an ultimate figure of Refusal. For those that embrace it, as did and do the early champions of media art like Marshall McLuhan, Nam June Paik, and Stewart Brand, the promises of worldwide networking and instantaneous communication outweighed the perils. Dambeck's conceptual quest links these multiple nodes of cultural and political thought like the Internet itself. Circling through themes of utopianism, anarchism, terrorism, CIA, LSD, MK-ULTRA, Tim Leary, Ken Kesey, and the Merry Pranksters, THE NET exposes conspiracies and upheavals, secrets and cover-ups along the way.
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