The Net: The Unabomber, LSD and the Internet

Lutz Dammbeck, film shown as part of After the Net.


The Net (115 mins) is a documentary that provides a subversive history of the Internet. The film takes the story of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber, as a starting point to trace the contrasting cultural responses to the cybernetic revolution and technological progress. On the one hand, it emphasises the intrusive systems of technological control, and on the other, the utopian promises of global networking and instantaneous communication. It includes archive footage of Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, Henry A. Murray and Norbert Wiener and interviews with John Brockman, Stewart Brand, Paul Garrin, David Hillel Gelernter, and Heinz von Foerster.