Films about the Internet

Generation Like

Documentary Frontline 2014 TV-PG 53m. Author Douglas Rushkoff explores how social media is attracting teens but also exposing them to corporations who see them as young consumers. This film demonstrates a new way for persons savvy in technology and “social media” (YouTube, Facebook) to create economic opportunities that are relatively rare in this era. “Generation Like” can help persons of all ages to “get with the times” and become successful 21st century entrepreneurs. It is indeed empowering for young people, as they are learning marketing tools. There was a dream…years ago, you remember it, right? It was called the Internet and it was going to be a miracle that was going to change our lives for the better, forever. But then…the corporations got a hold of it. The marketing scum “discovered” it and now we’re all much poorer…and stupider for it. Oh what could have been! A gathering place for ideas, education, a place that would have made our lives rich and easier. A universal library that would have let to a golden age. But what did we end up with? The dreck, the absolute dung that this program is showing. Remember kids, the most important thing you do in a day is CONSUME. Oh and don’t forget to OBEY. FOLLOW. RETWEAT. LIKE. This is a quality documentary which shares some important insight into what is happening with the young generation and the media of today. This is not much fun to watch, but it can be beneficial to look at our vacuous consumer culture every once in a while.

Silicon Valley

Comedy series 2014-2015 TV-MA 2 seasons.  While working to launch their own dot-com company, four friends cohabitate in the home of a ramen-slurping Silicon Valley millionaire, who waives their rent in exchange for a 10-percent stake with the new company.  The eight episodes of season one cover the rise of music compression dot-com Pied Piper from a small start-up to a potentially major company. The show stumbles comfortably from crisis to crisis for the young company and Hendriks.  When the jokes DO hit – they hit hard. The whole first episode had me in tears, and now.  First season: Awesome, Second season: Boring. Silicon Valley’s first season was classic Mike Judge. He perfectly balanced hilarious low-brow humor (think South Park) with highlighting the absurdity of the Valley culture and the people who shape it. The story was tight and fast-moving. This show has excellent comedic talent.

Rise of the Hackers

Documentary Nova TV Episode (24 Sep. 2014)  56 min. Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. Computers hold our treasured photographs, private emails, and all of our personal information. This data is precious — and cybercriminals want it. Now, Nova goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers. From the two men who uncovered the world’s most advanced cyber weapon to the computer expert who worked out how to hack into cash machines and scientists who believe they can store a password in your unconscious brain, Nova investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science — all to stay one step ahead of the hackers.

Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley

Documentary TV Mini-Series 2014 26 min. each. An examination of how criminals use Internet technology for their own ends.

Capital C

Documentary, 2014, 1h 27min. In just a few years, crowdfunding has empowered a whole new generation of artists to create things in a way never been done before. Capital C is the first feature length documentary dedicated to crowdfunding, focusing the hopes and dreams as well as the fears and pitfalls of independent creators in the wake of the digital age. Over a period of three years, the film follows the inspiring endeavors of Zach Crain, Jackson Robinson, and Brian Fargo who reach out to the crowd to change their lives forever.


Documentary 2013 NR 1hr46m. Discover the history of Napster, which began as an unassuming bit of computer code in 1998 and would eventually change the nature of music sales. I remember, vividly, the early days of Napster. I loved it. While I understand the rights of musicians, any artistic community, to be paid for their work, it always seemed to me that the game was rigged against them by the practices of the music industry. The music industry also deals unfairly with its customers – force feeding us the music they want to promote and limiting our exposure to more indie artists by forcing radio to stick to robotic formats and playlists. Napster provided a chance to find songs and artists I never would have known about, and when I found new artists I would purchase their music in the traditional manner.

Terms And Conditions May Apply

Documentary 2013 NR 1hr 20m. Through interviews with technology thought leaders and futurists, this timely documentary examines the erosion of privacy in the digital age. It provides lots of information about what we give up when check that little AGREE button at the end of the Terms & Conditions of any service. I and millions of people have honestly never read any Terms & Conditions. Thing is, you can’t do much on the Net unless you hit the “Agree” button, and most webpages won’t let you on unless you agree and permit ‘cookies’. We get a lot of valuable free services from Google, Facebook etc., and in turn we unknowingly allow a lot of our personal data to be used for their purposes. In Europe customers can find out how much information a company has collected on them, and one Austrian found Facebook had 1200 pages of info on him, a pile of papers five inches high (and he only posted once a week).  See Full Review

Inside: LinkedIn

Documentary 2013 NR 40m. Bloomberg West’s comprehensive look inside LinkedIn, a business social media site for professionals, features exclusive access to its headquarters and interviews with its CEO and chairman. An interesting look at a social media site that has made leaps and bounds in capitalizing on professionals who want to be on social media. LinkedIn’s website is a great place to meet people and build contacts with every type of “professionals”. They have aspirations to beat Facebook. This video can come off seeming like an infomercial, but it is journalism for a specific market. This is not a general interest documentary. So there is information here for people looking to invest or people interested in technology trends, that sort of thing.

Web Junkie

Documentary 2013 NR 1hr 15m.  Spotlighting a troubling social trend in modern China, this documentary visits one of 400 rehab centers focused on treating the symptoms of Internet addiction.  “China is the first country to declare internet addiction as a clinical disorder, claiming it is the number one public health threat to its teenage population.”  And the problem will surely grow, as everything is so net-based these days.  Having seen people close to me spend 10+ hours a day online gaming, I can tell you the addiction is very real.
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Out of Print  (2013)

Documentary 55 minutes 2013. Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent journey of the book through the digital revolution. Writers, publishers, readers, all in flux. Booksellers closing shop. Librarians and teachers seeking new roles. Ray Bradbury, Scott Turow, parents, students, educators, scientists — all highlight how this revolution is changing everything about the printed word — and changing us. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon as an online bookstore, places us in the middle of the debate. People tell us they read snippets all day long, yet one of five Americans no longer reads a single book, in any format, in an entire year.

High Tech, Low Life

Documentary 2012 NR 1hr 25m. Meet Tiger and Zola, two “citizen reporters” who travel throughout China, facing censorship and even imprisonment in their pursuit of the truth.  Citizen journalism at its best. The courage of these people is amazing, and their passion is inspiring. After I watched this, I tried to search for recent blogs by Tiger but couldn’t find anything. This film gives you the feeling and the flavor of Beijing. The real stuff. The way real people live and work and how they are naturally. The countryside scenes and the travel scenes nail it! I lived in China four years 2006 to 2010 teaching English, and this show brought back many memories. This doc shows the importance of the flow of information, and how each and every one of us can make a difference in our communities. I remember Facebook being blocked and on some occasions Yahoo and Google as well. Censorship in China is little known by most around the world, and I was fascinated. This doc does a good job at showing the censorship going on over there. Although it’s not as bad as everyone thinks. In four years I saw so much change it felt like I was inside a time-machine watching new developments pop up overnight — a lot of the same stuff going on here in the States. I recommend this film for anybody who has never been to China. I must say, this film opened my eyes to life in China. We should never take our freedom for granted. I really enjoyed this movie. And great job by all involved in this film! Great watch!

The Baidu Billionaire:
Inside the Google of China

Interview in the Bloomberg West Inside series 2013 NR 22m. Although it’s a familiar name in China, the search engine Baidu is little known elsewhere. This isn’t a full-fledged documentary, but it is certainly an interesting interview with founder Robin Li, who went to grad school in the US and then worked there as a programmer.

Steve Jobs: Visionary Genius

Documentary 2012 NR 54m.  Inventor, innovator, iconoclast; Steve Jobs was all of these and more. Celebrities and leaders in the world of business talk candidly about the seismic impact that this 21st Century icon had on the way we live.

We Are Legion:
The Story of the Hacktivists

Documentary 2012 NR 97 minutes. This documentary explores the world of Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. Through interviews with members, academics and activists, the film traces the evolution of the movement.

From One Second to the Next

Documentary 2013 NR 34m. Werner Herzog chronicles the devastating consequences of texting and driving. “Over 100,000 accidents a year involve drivers who are texting. The numbers are climbing sharply.” The film examines how lives can be forever altered by a trivial text. Short and Not-So-Sweet. Half and hour should be enough to change practices and minds. And instead of gruesome graphics and the testimony of experts, four stories are told by bystanders, families, and perpetrators. There is no eloquence, but plenty of emotion. I have never been victimized by any of the hoards of pathetic, self-absorbed nincompoops who text and drive, but I see it every single day out on the road. In the NY metro area, people drive twice the speed limit, never use turn signals and weave all over the road like drunks. Distracted drivers don’t just weave into the oncoming lane, but also speed up and slow down at the same time. A texting driver should be treated the same as someone who is caught driving with an open fifth of Jack Daniels between their legs. Talking on the phone is bad enough, but texting is far more insidious, because one has to actually type messages on a “keyboard” not much bigger than a candy-bar. We are talking about reckless endangerment of life-and-limb for pedestrians, bike riders and other drivers (not to mention…yourself!). In this film the murderers are mostly forgiven by the survivors of the victims as not evil but very stupid. Just because nothing has happened to you “yet” doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It can wait…and if it can’t…pull over! Well done. At 34 minutes long, this should be required viewing for every driver’s license holder. This short, emotionally charged documentary is a “must-see” for everyone, regardless of how uncomfortable the subject matter.

The Facebook Obsession

Documentary CNBC Originals 2011 TV-PG 43 minutes. Get the real story behind the rise of the largest social media site in the world, as told by the company’s founders, friends and foes. CNBC examines how this Internet phenomenon is affecting society in ways most people can hardly comprehend.

Please Subscribe

Documentary 2012 NR 1hr 29m. They are some of the first to make a living creating content for the Web’s most popular video site. They are YouTubers, and this film tells their stories. They made this doc the way most of these people make their videos: without much effort. Just video a half dozen YT people being YT people, edit it together with some genteel music, and upload. Basically an hour and a half long youtube video. It was nice to hear what the youtubers had to say, but at some points it got repetitive and boring. It would’ve been nice to hear more about the business itself and explore the mechanics of partnership program. I’ve never seen a documentary on this subject, so I’m simply grateful for this perspective.

Cyber Awe

Documentary TEDTalks 2012 NR 17 Episodes. Has social media made us more connected or ended intimacy? TED speakers stake out positions on the societal aspects of the Internet revolution.
1 Clay Shirky: How Social Media Can Make History
2 Jonathan Harris: The Web’s Secret Stories
3 Alexis Ohanian: How to Make a Splash in Social Media
4 Seth Godin on the Tribes We Lead
5 Kevin Kelly on How Technology Evolves
6 Jonathan Zittrain: The Web as Random Acts of Kindness
7 Misha Glenny: Hire the Hackers!
8 Clay Shirkey: How Cognitive Surplus Will Change the World
9 Tim Berners-Lee on the Next Web
10 Evan Williams on Listening to Twitter Users
11 Rebecca MacKinnon: Let’s Take Back the Internet!
12 Ralph Langner: Cracking Stuxnet, a 21st-Century Cyber Weapon
13 Sherry Turkle: Connected, But Alone?
14 Kevin Allocca: Why Videos Go Viral
15 Gary Kovacs: Tracking the Trackers
16 Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a Bad Idea
17 Markham Nolan: How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online

My recommended viewings are episodes 2,3, and 12, and I recommend the second half of the series. Very important to understanding the legislation and privacy issues. I also recommend 15, 16. Evan Williams talk 10 …THE WORST TALK EVER!! Boring and he co-invented Twitter and was founder of Blogger. Seth Godin 4 on The Tribes We Lead — no one has ever spent 17 minutes saying so little. Picked up something from each segment in this series. Love the TED website and APP for the learning, sharing, and inspiration on so many great topics. So I give this Ted set four stars for providing me with plenty to think about, even if I find some of the trends disturbing. I want to applaud Netflix for bringing the world of to its customers and for grouping the videos into categories in a way that they are not grouped on the site. The premise behind “TEDTalks” deserves five stars. Yet unfortunately, the episodes available on Netflix are quite old, and many have not aged gracefully. On the net anything older than about 9 months is definitely senile. Go to their website,, and watch videos that were filmed LAST MONTH, not in 2006!

The Social Network

Docudrama 2010 PG-13 120 minutes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) rises from Harvard sophomore to Internet superstar in this biographical drama. Examining his relationships with co-founder Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and Napster founder Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). Winning Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director, the film also racked up Oscar nods in the same categories and for lead actor Eisenberg. Director David Fincher.  Link to see photos of the real people this story is based on.

Mark Zuckerberg

Documentary Bloomberg Game Changers 2010 NR 45m. Follow the rise of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Inc., who launched the groundbreaking social networking site from his dorm room.

Digital Nation

Documentary Frontline 2010 NR 90 minutes. Exploring how the Internet and digital media have completely transformed contemporary life. This fascinating installment of PBS’s “Frontline” examines its effect on relationships, careers, daily life, education, the military and more. The documentary includes a unique interactive element, incorporating the stories of people who visited and posted to the Digital Nation Web site over the period of a year.

Planet of the Apps
A Handheld Revolution

Documentary CNBC Originals 2010 TV-MA 43m. 100,000 apps available today that are changing the way we live. They do just about everything, from helping you catch a cab to balancing your budget. CNBC looks at how this cultural phenomenon has truly changed the way we live.

Revolution in Cairo

Documentary Frontline 2011 NR 53 m. Frontline dispatches teams to Cairo, going inside the youth movement that helped light the fire on the streets. Follow the “April 6th” group, which two years ago began making a bold use of the Internet for their underground resistance, tactics that led to jail and torture for many of their leaders. Now, starting with the “Day of Rage,” we witness those same leaders plot strategy to try to bring down President Mubarak. Link to View This FRONTLINE Story for Free (Listed by Date 2011 Feb 22):


Documentary Bloomberg Game Changers 2010 NR 48m. “Game Changers” documents the birth of Google, founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page while they were graduate students at Stanford University.

Inside the Mind of Google

Documentary CNBC Originals 2009 TV-PG 43m. See how Google came to dominate the online search industry. Its strategies for growth and how it’s addressing the hot issue of online privacy. Get a rare look at the company that hundreds of millions of people touch every day.See Full Review

The Internship

Comedy 2013 PG-13 119 minutes. Two out-of-work salesmen, lacking the digital-savvy skills they need to find jobs, sign on as interns at a high-tech company, Google. While their new assignment may give them the training they need, it also means staying one step ahead of their ignorance.

Growing Up Online

Documentary Frontline 2008 NR 56m. About the most Internet-savvy generation ever. This PBS “Frontline” program that investigates teens and their cyber-existences. The kids and their parents discuss both the realities and the risks of this new frontier. As parents deal with their teens’ drastically different ideas. Take a look inside the lives of about privacy, the kids confront cyber-bullying, Internet predators, YouTube fame and many other issues new to their generation.

Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks

Documentary Frontline 2011 NR. Intelligence analyst Bradley Manning set off a firestorm of controversy when he released millions of classified documents to the WikiLeaks Web site in 2010. “Frontline” investigates this enigmatic figure’s motives and the fallout of his actions.

When Strangers Click

Documentary 2010 NR 53m. Director Robert Kenner explores the world of online dating through the stories of five individuals who went looking for love on the Internet. I got lost in the lives and stories of these people–all different, yet all used the same tool to find their other half.  It was entertaining: real people talking about their own experiences. I thought this was going to have more to do with online dating, because the brief review certainly makes it sound that way. But instead of analyzing online dating sites, it’s just five short stories about people who met online in chat rooms and Second Life. It has very little to do with dating websites, their success rates, and stories about that.

The Baidu Billionaire:
Inside the Google of China

Interview in the Bloomberg West Inside series 2013 NR 22m. Although it’s a familiar name in China, the search engine Baidu is little known elsewhere. This isn’t a full-fledged documentary, but it is certainly an interesting interview with Robin Li, its founder who went to school in the US and then worked there.

South Korea: The Most Wired Place on Earth

Documentary Frontline / World 2009. Correspondent Douglas Rushkoff travels to South Korea to take the measure of the country’s digital revolution, and understand its impact on the lives of ordinary Koreans. There is one downside, internet addiction.

Big Brother, Big Business

Documentary CNBC Originals 2006 TV-PG 89 minutes. Award-winning correspondent David Faber examines big business and rapid advance of technology that allows companies to monitor our every move and record our most private personal information.

The Net 2.0

Drama 2006 R 93 minutes. Charles Winkler directs this update of the Sandra Bullock vehicle The Net, following computer systems analyst Hope Cassidy (Nikki Deloach) as she begins a new job in Istanbul, Turkey. But before she can settle in, she discovers a few problems: Her credit cards don’t work, her bank account is empty, her identity has been stolen — and she’s definitely being watched. Demet Akbag, Sebnem Donmez and Neil Hopkins co-star.

The eBay Effect
Inside a Worldwide Obsession

Documentary CNBC Originals 2005 NR 1hr 7m. All about eBay, the world’s leading online commerce site. CNBC takes an unprecedented look at the eBay you don’t know, with exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the world’s leading online commerce site. Reporter David Faber also examines claims of fraud and other controversies surrounding the juggernaut.


2002 NR 92 minutes. About the dot-com frenzy of the late 1990s, e-Dreams chronicles the dramatic growth and devastating decline of a unique Internet start-up,, and the fate of its co-founders, Joseph Park and Yong Kang. These two young investment bankers developed one simple, great idea — online shopping with one-hour delivery — and quit their prestigious jobs to funnel what little savings they had into their Internet brainchild. Capturing the highs and lows.

The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest

Comedy 2002 PG-13 105 minutes. Poking fun at the e-commerce boom of the late 1990s. This fictional story follows a young man (Adam Garcia) who gives up a slick marketing job in Silicon Valley to pursue his dream job — working for himself, trying to invent and market a $99 personal computer. At his lowest point, a sexy neighbor (Rosario Dawson) revitalizes both the entrepreneur’s business and his sexual appetite. Jon Favreau and Gary Tieche wrote the screenplay.

Dot Con

Documentary Frontline 2002. What spurred the incredible dot-com bull run on Wall Street during the e-commerce boom of the late 1990s? For a few heady years, it seemed that just about anyone — from institutional investors to the average person following CNBC — could make quick and easy money by putting their cash into the dreams of the Internet. Was the public blinded by dreams of small fortunes and easy living or did the nation’s investment banks manipulate the IPO market and exploit public trust? In “Dot Con,” Frontline investigates the financial forces behind the unprecedented rise and seemingly overnight fall of the Internet economy.

Docudrama 2001 R. From dot-com to dot-bomb. This docudrama follows the charismatic heads of an Internet startup company from their halcyon early days into the quagmire of contentious bickering that occurred when their company — — flamed out. Documentarians Chris Hegedus (The War Room) and Jehane Noujaim are poised front and center to capture the high hopes and heartache that have become inextricable parts of the wired world. Remember the Web boom? Not Web 2.0, but the first one, before the dot-com bubble collapsed in 2000? In, documentarians Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim captured the glorious rise and astonishingly rapid descent of a prototypical dot-com enterprise,, from inception to implosion. The movie gives viewers an meeting-room seat at the brainstorming sessions, the team-building exercises, and the venture-capital pitches at the heart of a Web business launch. The period of wild enthusiasm, projected juggernautical growth, and prehatch egg counting is promptly followed by executive in-fighting, mass layoffs, and a spectacular collapse.

Track Down

Docudrama 2000 R 92 minutes. Kevin Mitnik is the greatest computer hacker in the nation, an unstoppable force until he hacks into a computer belonging to technology crimes guru Tsutomu Shimomura and initiates a frenzied cat-and-mouse chase through the World Wide Web. A really great hacker film that becomes a cat-and-mouse edge-of-your-seat thriller. In the spirit of War Games and Sneakers, this film is exciting, thrilling, and fast-paced. Social engineering, a term adopted by computer hackers to mean the art of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information, became this con man’s primary method of obtaining information, including user names and passwords and modem phone numbers. This is no documentary but not a bad “movie.” As a security consultant I enjoyed this film. I learned my profession through my curiosity and for the challenge… and technically this movie was pretty spot on. Yes it was nowhere near historically correct but at the time Kevin Mitnick was one of my idols. I was amazed to see how many people were upset this was not historically accurate! Who gives a damn honestly, this is Hollywood and just take the movie for what it was. If you want to learn more about Mitnick then read a book or find the Wiki. I love thrillers, and this is a different type because a lot of it based on technology, facts, downloads, and how one geek can outsmart an other one and a team of FBI task force. Some reviews state that the movie does not use completely true events and that a lot of false facts were added. Honestly who cares. In this case, I am not studying the film for a history matter, rather, I am enjoying a fun film.

Cyber War!

Documentary Frontline 2003. A new form of warfare has broken out and the battleground is cyberspace, with weapons like embedded malicious code. The Slammer hit on Super Bowl Sunday. Nimda struck one week after 9/11. Code Red had ripped through the system that summer. Moonlight Maze moved from the Russian Academy of Science and into the U.S. Department of Defense. A new form of warfare has broken out and the battleground is cyberspace. With weapons like embedded malicious code, probes and pings, there are surgical strikes, reverse neutron bombs, and the potential for massive assaults aimed directly at America’s infrastructure — the power grid, the water supply, the complex air traffic control system, and the nation’s railroads. Frontline investigates the threat of cyber war and reveals what the White House knows that the rest of us don’t.

Hackers (2001)

Documentary Frontline 2001. How safe is online information if computer-literate teenagers can break into top-security computer systems, infect them with viruses, or steal sensitive-even dangerous-documents? Frontline investigates the role of hackers and reveals how their exploits highlight the profound insecurities of the Internet and the software that drives it. Designed to facilitate the free exchange of ideas, the Internet has become home to confidential-even classified-information from virtually every nation in the world. Financial information, national infrastructure, even state secrets can be accessed via the complex computer network that is the World Wide Web. Through interviews with teenagers, information warriors, security experts, and law enforcement officials, Frontline illuminates a virtual world where many of our most sacred beliefs-including the very notion of bordered nations-are called into question.

Hackers (1995)

Drama 1995 PG-13 107 minutes. After being banned from touching PCs for years, a former child prodigy rejoins the computer-crime underworld. Enlisting three fellow hackers for some e-mischief and stumbling on a sinister cyber-plot orchestrated by a corporate computer expert.

The Net

Drama 1995 PG-13 114 minutes. Sandra Bullock is Angela Bennett, a freelance software engineer who lives in a world of computer technology. When a cyber friend asks Bennett to debug a CD-ROM game, she discovers a conspiracy that will turn her life upside down. Soon, her records have been erased, and she’s been given a new identity and a police record. Her vacation is ruined as she struggles to determine why she’s been deleted from society. Dennis Miller also stars.


Drama 1983 PG 114 minutes. After cracking the security of an Air Force supercomputer, young hacker David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) moves his piece in a seemingly innocent video game and accidentally tells the computer to start preparing a preemptive nuclear strike. Driven by Cold War paranoia, director John Badham’s techno-thriller follows Lightman and his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy) as they travel across the country to try and warn the military of the impending launch.

Something Ventured

Documentary 2011 NR 85 minutes. This engrossing documentary traces the genesis of some of the world’s most revolutionary companies, such as Apple, Intel and Genentech, and how their investors’ visionary practices transformed the way the modern world communicates and does business.

You Are in the Computer

Documentary Frontline 1985. Investigates computerized information systems and the issues of privacy they raise. You go to rent an apartment and are turned down without any obvious reason. Then you find out your name is in a computer file of undesirable tenants and every other landlord in the city has access to the information.

High Stakes in Cyberspace

Documentary Frontline 1995. About the new land rush to stake claims in cyberspace. Frontline boldly goes where no one has gone before–asking hard questions about the optimistic predictions for a cyber-revolution. Correspondent Robert Krulwich reports on the effects these changes will have on the individual and how they will alter society.



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