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Almost Real: Connecting in a Wired World ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB521953
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Gerry Flahive, Louise Lore, Sylvia Sweeney
Directors:  Ann Shin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Cyber Education, Documentary, Education, Health and Medicine, Media Literacy, Social Issues, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2002
Running Time:  47m 13s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Almost Real focuses on a few individuals for whom the Internet has become a lifeline, a way to connect with like-minded souls in surprising ways.

The early promise of the Internet could never have predicted people like these: a cyber punk based on an anti-aircraft rig in the English Channel who operates the world's first rogue Web server, a monk developing 'wireless prayer technology,' and a 'gamer' who re-creates himself in an online game. Even traditional concepts of school, marriage and retirement are mutating: a disillusioned eight-year-old opts in favour of home-schooling, a retired couple moves into an Internet-controlled seniors' complex, and a recent divorcée exchanges vows online with a man she has never met.

With insightful commentary by sci-fi writer William Gibson, virtual reality creator Jaron Lanier and 'post-national' writer Pico Iyer, Almost Real is a snapshot of the end of the first phase of the Internet--a far less utopian age than some had hoped.

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