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“The Net” Premiere With Political Theorist Langdon Winner
November 21, 2006 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
More of a film essay (of the type pioneered by Orson Welles and Chris Marker) than a standard documentary, German filmmaker Lutz Dammbeck’s The Net: The Unabomber, the LSD and the Internet 2003) begins with the typical format and structure of a nonfiction film, and a single subject (the life and times of mail bomber Ted Kaczynski). From the thematic springboard, Dammbeck branches out omniddirectionally segueing into a series of thematic riffs and variants on such marginally-related subjects as: the history of cyberspace, terrorism, utopian ideals, LSD, the Central Intelligence Agency, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) author Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters. The film will be followed by an audience Q&A led by Langdon Winner, a unabomber scholar. He has authored Autonomous Technology (a study of the idea of technology-out-of-control in modern social thought), The Whale and The Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology and is the editor of Democracy in a Technological Society. Presented with the Department of Science and Technology Studies at RPI.
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