Cyberfear, the movie: Disconnect (2012) builds a multi-strand plot on the ways we fear the digital world. There has not yet been an Infocult screening, so this post is based on Web responses to it.
Disconnect apparently follows the Crash (2004) model of using multiple plot strands which coincide by social issue synthesis. Three or four narratives brood on the perils of texting, cyberbullying, identity theft, online porn, and more. Digital devices wreck a bunch of lives, it seems.
Arianna Huffington celebrates the movie as a clarion call for us to throttle back our digital lives.
It's easy to get seduced by technology...
Disconnect shows how easy it is to allow technology to lure us into a somnambulist life, gradually being pulled away from a sense of who we are and what really matters.
Naturally there's a Turkle citation.
Huffington celebrates one of her staff member's withdrawal from mobile life. Her whole business is involved, now:
Here at HuffPost, we are taking steps both editorially and personally to course-correct and help our community end our addiction to technology.
Addiction, sexuality, the threat of violence... the whole mix of cyberfear seems to be in play. Monetizing haunted media is an old strategy.
(thanks to Ed Webb)