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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, behaviour 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.
0:00:00 – Introduction
0:04:03 – “Progress”
0:16:58 – No Accident
0:23:10 – Mindset (Screen Culture)
0:51:12 – It’s All About Me!
1:10:48 – The Megamachine
1:16:52 – Creeping Normalcy
1:33:02 – Vegged Out
1:39:43 – It’s Full of Sugar and It Tastes So Nice
1:56:50 – The Real World
2:06:13 – Credits
Susan Greenfield, Katina Michael, Derrick Jensen, Lelia Green, Roger Clarke, Nicholas Carr, Sherry Turkle, Douglas Rushkoff, Lewis Mumford, Eli Pariser, Andrew Keen, Clifford Nass, Rebecca Mackinnon, Bruce Schneier, Jerry Mander, Jeff Chester.
Written and Directed by Jordan Brown. Original camera by Jordan Brown, Masao Tamaoki and James Tomalin. Music by Jore, Sigur Rós, The Cinematic Orchestra, Ólafur Arnalds, Bonobo, Soundsource, Bzaurie, Clark, Rollmottle, Ma Spaventi, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Eunoia and Seame Campbell.
Additional footage credit where credit is due is made out to respective creators, some of whom are: Em Styles, Katerina Vittozzi, Eric De Lavarène, Isabelle Delannoy, Brian Frank, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Ivan Cash, Yordan Zhechev, Ron Fricke, Monika Fleishmann, Raymond Delacruz, Rob Featherstone, Michael Mcsweeney, Juan Falgueras, Trevor Hedge, Jean Counet, David Kleijwegt, Godfrey Reggio, Naomi Ture, Chris Zobl, Siddharth Hirwani, Melly Lee, Refik Anadol, Marc Homs, Schnellebuntebilder, Kyle Littlejohn, Tobias Gremmler, Marina Wanderlust, Kristopher Lee, Brandon Johnson, Nicolas Fevrier, Judd Frazier, Ben Stevens, David Fedele, Frank Wiering, Rob Mcbride, Vido Yuandao, Justine Ezarik, David Machado Santos, Vasco Sotomaior, Wolfgang Strauss, Kornhaber Brown, Matthew Epler, James Kwan, China Techy, BigThink, Gigaom, Inc. Magazine, The Guardian, TED, TEDx, BBC, ABC, CNN, Indymedia; and all further credit where credit is due for unknown or unattributed creators whose work appears.
Content creators and/or participants may or may not agree with the views expressed in this film, which 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.