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Tookey's Rating
2 /10
Average Rating
5.00 /10

Directed by: Beeban Kidron
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Released: 2013
Origin: UK
Length: 85

Great subject, disappointing film.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The impact, good and bad, of the Internet is the fascinating subject of Beeban Kidron’s documentary; but in attempting to cover all the bases – privacy, bullying, porn, addiction, corporate power – she doesn’t cover even one of them adequately.

Each of the numerous expert talking heads could have come up with a reasoned thesis, but Kidron seems hellbent on flitting randomly from one to another, with superficial soundbites accompanied by sinister, electronic music. Maybe the internet has destroyed her attention span and ability to construct an argument.

This is a glib, unsatisfactory piece of work, memorable only for the disarming honesty of the teenagers she interviews. The very fact of their appearing in the film indicates that the internet has broken down their inhibitions about privacy to an alarming extent. Kidron seems happy to tut-tut their naivety, at the same time as exploiting it, which doesn’t seem terribly nice of her

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