Director: Dominic H. White
Producer: Dominic H. White
MPAA Rating: NR
Running time: 98 min.
Over the last few years there has been a lot of discussion and study into how humans use and abuse technology. As everything from sexting and cyber bullying to gaming addiction has become part of mainstream culture, so has culture’s fascination with the ill effects of technology. As someone who uses technology on a daily basis, the very title DSKNECTD put me on the offensive. I couldn’t help but think that here was another movie, this time a documentary, listing the many downsides of technology but surprisingly, that’s not the case.
Dominic H. White’s documentary opens with an overview of the most pervasive piece of technology: the cell phone. Experts talk about the adverse effects of cell phone use but White also speaks with individuals about the good aspects of cell phone usage. What’s really interesting is that White’s experts don’t just talk about the good and bad but they apply it to our culture, exploring how different groups use and have different relationships with the technology.
This approach carries though all of DSKNECTD which, in it’s 90 minute running time, explores everything from cell phones to social media and gaming – essentially everything that is connected to the internet and is in one way or another designed to keep us connected. There’s an exploration of Web 2.0 and how the concepts that make up that vague idea have changed the way we engage with not only each other but with ourselves, how gaming has changed from a mostly private activity to a shared one and how humans, the “social animal,” interact with all of these things. Not surprisingly, it turns out that for some, technology is replacing the need for face to face interaction but when pushed, we’re still more interested in meeting people face to face than talking to them over a computer or phone line.