Stare Into the Lights My Pretties (2017)

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A documentary about the world of screens we are immersed in. How did we get here? Who benefits? What are the cumulative impacts on people, society and the environment? What may come next and is it what we want?


Jordan Brown


Jordan Brown




Credited cast:
Jacob Applebaum Jacob Applebaum ... Himself - Computer Security Activist
Kevin Bankston Kevin Bankston ... Himself - Electronic Frontier Foundation
Tim Berners-Lee Tim Berners-Lee ... Himself - Inventor of the WWW
William Binney ... Himself - Former NSA Technical Director, turned whistleblower
Nicholas Carr Nicholas Carr ... Himself - Author of 'The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains'
Vint Cerf Vint Cerf ... Himself - Google's Chief 'Internet Evangelist'
Roger Clarkee Roger Clarkee ... Himself - Public Interest Advocate, Australian Privacy Foundation
Charles Duhigg ... Himself - Author of 'The Power of Habit'
Petra Epperlein Petra Epperlein ... Herself - Filmmaker 'Karl Marx City'
Amy Goodman Amy Goodman ... Herself - Host of DN! (archive footage)
Richard Grannon Richard Grannon ... Himself - Psychologist
Lelia Green Lelia Green ... Herself - Academic, Author of 'Technoculture'
Susan Greenfield Susan Greenfield ... Herself - Neuroscientist
Tristan Harris Tristan Harris ... Himself - Ex-product Manager at Google (archive footage)
Derrick Jensen Derrick Jensen ... Himself - Writer


We live in a world of screens. The average adult spends the majority of their waking hours in front of some sort of screen or device. We're enthralled, we're addicted to these machines. How did we get here? Who benefits? What are the cumulative impacts on people, society and the environment? What may come next if this culture is left unchecked, to its end trajectory, and is that what we want? Stare Into The Lights My Pretties investigates these questions with an urge to return to the real physical world, to form a critical view of technological escalation driven by rapacious and pervasive corporate interest. Covering themes of addiction, privacy, surveillance, information manipulation, behavior modification and social control, the film lays the foundations as to why we may feel like we're sleeprunning into some dystopian nightmare with the machines at the helm. Because we are, if we don't seriously avert our eyes to stop this culture from destroying what is left of the real world.

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According to the filmmaker, this film "was made with no budget, not-for-profit, and is released to the world for free for the purposes of critical discourse, education, and for cultivating radical social and political change." See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: We live in a world of screens. More of us would know this, if we'd look up and look around. Fingers that are glued to the screen which are glued to the eyes which are glued to the screen: everywhere, pervasive. We use them for work, play. But it's much more than that: the screens use us too.
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