The Internets Will Take Over Our Minds

16 04 2008

Barry Sonnenfeld, who has directed such fantastic projects as MEN IN BLACK, GET SHORTY and my favorite “I-can’t-wait-until-the-season-starts-again ” PUSHING DAISIES, (as well as the equally un-awesome RV, WILD WILD WEST, and MEN IN BLACK II), got some press today for announcing that he thinks the Internet is bad for us.

I know, I know. I don’t care what he thinks of Facebook, but apparently Reuters and The Hollywood Reporter do. And this is how they report it:

“The medium is the message, and the medium has invaded our home and taken over our minds. . . . The really scary part is how hypnotic it is. The ‘Net is so pervasive that kids are on it all day.”Sonnenfeld fears that children today will grow up with “no concept of the right to privacy and in fact not understand the need for it. Because the Facebook generation is not concerned with what people know about them . . . they will have no problem with additional governmental supervision, spying and intervention. They will be thrilled that the Internet will be able to follow their every move.

“I suspect,” he said, “we are probably looking at the last generation of Americans that exist in a democracy. Totalitarianism is not far in our future, and the next generation will go down that road happily.

Wow.

It’s hard to tell if he’s kidding or just seriously loony, but he raises an interesting issue. Is it possible to get too cozy with the technology and forget that convenience sometimes means giving up something?

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16 04 2008
Mike Barber

The phrasing does sound alarmist, but far from loony. I think he makes a very astute point about the younger generation being conditioned to not expect/appreciate things such as the right to privacy. We live in a very privileged and decadent society, with all our technology and convenience. But, let us not forget what happened to Rome when it fell asleep as it got spoiled.

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