Film Micrœview #151: The Internet’s Own Boy (2014)

10.12.2014 § Leave a comment

The Internet's Own Boy


Rating: Good.

This documentary does an effect job at balancing and intertwining the story of the human who Aaron was and the missions for which he stood — which, after all, were all about preserving and improving our individual humanities. In terms of telling Aaron’s story, I believe it is a good choice (and not a failure) that this film does not explain his suicide.

No doubt the angle here is biased, but the film makes no illusions of this. And this message needs to reach as many people as possible, as soon as possible. Counterarguments were sketched out, sure, but if anything they could have been developed a bit more in order for skeptics to be better convinced that Swartz was and his allies are in the right.

I have never felt more depressed, furious, and terrified about the corruption and evil thriving in the American government and the negative impact it is having on the internet (and beyond!) and thereby the health, happiness, and potential of humanity. Please support Lawrence Lessig’s Mayday PAC and Zoe Lofgren’s Aaron’s Law Act. Our futures — not just Americans’ — depend on it.


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