Film Review: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Film Review: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz opens in limited release on Friday, June 27. Check your local listings for showtimes.

I use the internet every day for most of the hours that I am awake. If you were to take the internet away from me tomorrow, I would be lost and just a bit scared. I am of a generation that has had internet available for most of its life. Sure, I remember the endless AOL CDs, the agonizing screech of a dial-up connection, and the frustration of a phone pick up disconnection; but it has almost always been there. [Read more…]

IFFBoston 2010 Review: Erasing David

IFFBoston 2010 Review: Erasing David

‘Erasing David’ is a compelling and quite frightening documentary that brings to light the reality that even if you wanted to, it would be impossible to erase your digital foot print.

The director and the main focus of ‘Erasing David,’ David Bond, set out to find out just how much information about him is out in the wild, and attempts to disappear. Leaving his pregnant wife, and young child behind, and see just how long it would take private investigators to catch up with him.

The film is so well put together, the story of David on the run and the private investigators is used as a means to push the story forward. Much like ‘Super Size Me,’ the main concept of the film is the draw, but the true gold is the information Bond discovers about meaning and loss of privacy.

Bond informs us that the film was inspired by a letter he received regarding his daughter Ivy, and the loss of her information by the UK Governments Child Benefit Office. He then sets out on a quest, searching online, and inquiring with companies to see just how much information they had on him at any given moment. In one exceptional scene, Bond sends out requests to receive copies of all the information various outlets had on him. In one package from amazon.co.uk, a packet of considerable size contained information and names of every present he’d ever sent anyone.

As an active user of pretty much every social network thats available, as well as a user of services such as Google, Amazon, etc. It is quite a scary thought to know how well these faceless entities know me, they know my tastes probably better then I know myself. I remember a few years ago when Google allowed you to see your own personal search trends, it was an entirely new way to feel completely vulnerable.

As the film continues, it becomes chilling, and you become as paranoid as David. The private investigators are breathing down his neck trying to catch him make a mistake. It’s just a mind blowing concept to know, its most likely impossible to erase every trace of yourself from the archives of the internet. And perhaps, we should think longer about what we share, and what we allow to get out about ourselves in the first place.

‘Erasing David,’ was fascinating and scary at the same time, and you definitely leave the theater thinking a lot about how you approach your own life, and how you share your data.

LA Times Reports: Teens Not Buying CDs

The LA Times also discovered, water is wet, and that Arrested Development is never, ever coming back to television. In a recent survey of almost 5,000 Teenagers, 48% of them had bought no CDs in the year 2007.  It was recently announced that iTunes has become the No. 2 Music seller in the country, with Wal-Mart at #1, its no wonder I’ve seen so many record stores closing in my area.

It’s sad, I loved going to a record store, but the prices have always been (and sometimes still are) ridiculous, and unfortunately, moving to the internet is the only way to change with the times. In fact, Sam Goody still owes me 10 bucks for a preorder I made that never shipped, course their Chapter 11 now, so they can keep my 10 bucks, they need it more then me. The next need is to get these people getting their music online to pay for it, because despite this shift from buying CDs, only 29 million bought their music online, legally.

How do you get your music?

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