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“Don’t you hear that sound? That terrible screaming that men call silence?”

Werner Herzog has seen the future and he’s scared shitless.  Moreover, he’d be truly terrified if he knew you’re reading this blog.  Herzog was at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his latest film, “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” a 10-part documentary essay that explores the creation of the Internet and its cultural repercussions as told through a series of interviews with experts and eccentrics ranging from Elon Musk to the RF-phobes living in Green Bank, West Virginia.

“The Internet is a development that science fiction writers had not foreseen,” he said. “Flying cars and colonies in space — but nobody had the Internet on their radar.”  When asked by reporters about the importance of Twitter and other social media in today’s society, the legendary director replied, “What impresses you about 100,000 tweets, 100,000 times stupidities in 140 characters?  What is so phenomenal about it?  I have never seen a single tweet that I found interesting at all.”

“Do you know what scares me the most?  Stupidity.  A simple scan of comments on the Internet will uncover this massive, naked onslaught of stupidity [pervading society].”

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Now we can finally update James Carville‘s classic capsule description of U.S. presidential campaigning with a 21st century version of the same basic idea: “It’s the Internet, stupid!

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