Deep Web

Princess Bride

The deep web is fascinating — the idea that there is something subterranean to a utility we all use for far too many hours a day is thrilling, and Alex Winter has traveled into the romantic drama of that world and emerged with a documentary. On the heels of looking at filesharing in Downloaded, Deep Web explores the online marketplace for drugs known as The Silk Road, as well as the man with the Princess Bride-evoking code name that the government believes was behind it. The trailer for the doc is sexy. Heavy music, bold statements, the questioning of reality in a world designed to obscure identity. All of it seems to capture the organic intrigue that the illegal side of the deep web itself contains. What’s under this rock, and what happens when we lift it up?

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bitcoins

While I continue to dream that one day Alex Winter will hit up Kickstarter for support of a Freaked sequel, I guess I can settle for him making another documentary about the Internet. Winter, who we’ll always first and foremost think of as Bill S. Preston from the Bill & Ted movies (the third of which is currently dealing with budget issues), recently made his nonfiction feature directorial debut with the Napster history Downloaded. It’s a pretty good doc, sometimes superfluous and obvious and not quite as insightful about the digital and online revolution as something like We Live in Public or We Are Legion, but it’s plenty informative with its straightforward, orally chronicled telling of the who and the what. If you’d like to check it out for free, which is the appropriate way, you can stream it on AOL and not even have to illegally download it. Winter’s next project will go further down the rabbit hole. The doc is titled Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and The Silk Road, and hopefully the “deep” in the title is promise that the subject matter will be a little deeper here as well. Not that I won’t settle for something just as efficiently and comprehensively informative as Downloaded. Honestly, I don’t even really understand what Bitcoin is (online currency, but I don’t get the details of it), and I hadn’t even ever heard of The Silk Road until seeing the title of this film (it’s an online black […]

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