InRealLife (2013)



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This film asks what exactly is the internet and what is it doing to our children? Taking us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, filmmaker Beeban Kidron suggests that rather than the promise of free and open connectivity, young people are increasingly ensnared in a commercial world. Beguiling and glittering on the outside, it can be alienating and addictive. Quietly building its case, this documentary asks if we can afford to stand by while our children, trapped in their 24/7 connectivity, are being outsourced to the net?

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Though the subject merits serious attention, the tone feels unduly alarmist, echoing panics of previous decades about things such as comic books and rap lyrics.

Dec 6, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Given that we're not even sure of the effects that always being connected have on the world, it feels somewhere between premature and panic-y to make the children the primary cause of our hand-wringing.

Dec 6, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

...a relentless information dump that's rarely able to live up to the promise of its initial setup.

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's an interesting choice of subject matter, let down by an overuse of archetypal scenarios that outweigh moments of relevance.

Sep 23, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's unsettling viewing, and smartly sidesteps allegations of parental paranoia by talking directly to those "digital natives" whose lives are being transformed (for better and worse) by the web.

Sep 23, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Arguably the most important documentary about our rapidly-changing lifestyles since Super Size Me ( ... ) food for thought for parents and media students alike.

Sep 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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