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InRealLife (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, News | 20 September 2013 (UK)
InRealLife takes us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, to find out what exactly the internet is doing to our children




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan ...
Ben ...
Sherry Turkle ...
Herself - Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nicholas Negroponte ...
Himself - Founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab
Norman Doidge ...
Himself - Psychiatrist
Nicholas Carr ...
Himself - Author of 'The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains'
David Hall ...
Himself - Commercial and Strategy Manager, TelecityGroup
Maggie Jackson ...
Herself - Author of 'Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age'
Page ...
Herself - 15 Years
Luis von Ahn ...
Himself - Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew Blum ...
Himself - Author of 'Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet'
Danah Boyd ...
Herself - Researcher, Microsoft
Himself - Co-Founder, Wikipedia
Tobin ...
Himself - 19 Years
Patrick Bellanca ...
Himself - Lead Producer and Designer, EA Sports


InRealLife asks what exactly is the internet and what is it doing to our children? Taking us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, filmmaker Beeban Kidron suggests that rather than the promise of free and open connectivity, young people are increasingly ensnared in a commercial world. Beguiling and glittering on the outside, it can be alienating and addictive. Quietly building its case, InRealLife asks if we can afford to stand by while our children, trapped in their 24/7 connectivity, are being outsourced to the net? Written by Anonymous

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A new generation of internet-addicted snowflakes
9 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this documentary, Carnegie Melon professor Luis Von Ahn tells a story about how his younger software users won't read anything longer than one line of text.

Judging from the moronic reviews made here on this great documentary, we must assume that the reviewers are young and feel quite insulted because the basic premise of this documentary is, that the new generation of internet-addicted youth are basically sheep being led by corporations like google and fakebook to give up their privacy in exchange for socializing online. Obviously this premise goes over the head of attention deficient morons who can barely read a sentence or two and claim in the reviews that there are no teenage women interviewed (i guess she missed the entire segment about the black teen who basically prostituted herself in order to get her cellphone back) or the genius reviewer who talks about the kid who is addicted to gaming, getting thrown out of "Harvard". Hmm.. Harvard is in Massachussets, USA, and the game addict is in England.. Harvard, Oxford, USA, England.. same thing, right? LOL

This documentary, through its many interviews with experts and net addicts, shows clearly how transnational corporations big and small spend millions to manipulate and keep young people addicted to their internet platforms, to commoditize their personal information and sell them products, ranging from games to online porn and apple iphones.

It is easy to see how this new generation of net addicted snowflakes live in a fantasy bubble, never having to worry about the reality of working to make ends meet, spending most of their time living in the safe online world, socializing and playing games. It is no wonder this generation of over-protected youths need "safe spaces" and counseling when things don't go their way, or when they hear someone disagreeing with them, as they have never encountered the real hardships most people have to deal with, in the real world. It is as if these kids are living in a game, where everything is a click away, life is easy and parental supervision is non-existent.

It is disheartening to think these cynical kids are the future of our world, and i can't help to think that humanity is doomed by its own stupidity.

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