I consider Sundance a nice warm-up to SXSW. In doing some research about what’s playing and who/what we’ll be hearing about in the next week I found something that has fascinated me. It’s a documentary called “Google and The World Brain.”
There are several layers to the filmmaker’s synopsis: copyrights for authors (can’t help but compare this to musicians) as well as the right to access of information vs. the monopoly of information. I’ve long been a Google fan, but with the latest change to their search algorithm their stock has plummeted (in my book). If the trailer intrigues you, definitely make a point to read a Q&A with the filmmaker over on IndieWire. Ben Lewis has had a pretty broad view of the world throughout his career. He claims the message of his film is ‘Down with technoutopianism!'” Huh. I think I just added a new word to my vocabulary!
Now I’m off to search for a copy of H. G. Wells’ “World Brain.”