Its subtitle is “Reveries of the Connected World”, but the film’s section that focuses on Catsouras’s death feels less like a reverie than an anger-tinged lament, not only for the girl but for a world not yet populated by anonymous trolls whose digital jabs can cause real wounds.On October 31, 2006, Catsouras, 18, took her father’s Porsche and drove it down California State Route 241 at 100 miles per hour.As the internet makes its way into more aspects of our everyday lives, Werner Herzog takes a closer look at the ethics of information flows in a new documentary.
’s Jessica Bennett, who helped make this story a national outrage.
Trolls gonna troll, but why they decided to troll a grieving family is impossible to understand. Herzog did not look at the photos of Catsouras – and this is a man who once listened to audio of a man being devoured by a bear.
Although is narrated by Werner – the Teutonic dryness in his voice lightly masking the curiosity beneath – he mostly stays out of the way, letting his subjects do the talking.
The legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick recalls his pursuit by the government, the ludicrous allegation that he could launch nuclear missiles simply by whistling into a jailhouse phone, and the year he spent in solitary confinement.
He may well be the last person on Earth without a strong opinion about the internet.
refuses to hammer the reader with argumentation: this is an anthology, not a hot take, its questions not gotcha but tell me.
And what some take to be a lack of humour on the native Bavarian’s part (he has long lived in LA) is really an admirable refusal to descend to sarcasm.
, a 35-minute documentary about texting while driving, at the behest of AT&T and other telecommunications companies.
But they did, descending on the Catsourases with a mirthful vehemence, sending them photos of Nikki, often with messages attached. “The transgressions make you speechless,” he says when I met him in Los Angeles on a recent afternoon.