With both Catfish and The Social Network, we’re thinking more and more about how the internet has affected our physical lives. This is not some grand revelation or big surprise considering how embedded in the culture our binary personae are – in fact, it was suggested decades ago and not seen as some sort of crazy prognostication by mad men.
It was accepted as what would eventually happen as more and more people plugged in.
One such prognostication came in the form of a short film from 2001 called The Parlor. It’s now more relevant and more entertaining than it was back then. And, in the interest of being mysterious (since that’s what sells films these days), I’ll rhetorically ask in big bold letters:
WHAT IS THE PARLOR?
The Parlor (2001)
Director: Geoffrey Haley
Starring: Ian Vogt, Reggie Lee, and Jan Hoag
Writer: Geoffrey Haley
Ah, the nostalgia of it all.
It’s a simple enough idea with simple enough execution, but it’s all accurate within the time it was made (and maybe even more now). We hide who we are, and the internet has given us the tools to be even better at it.