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The Great Barry Sonnenfeld And The War Of The Ancients

Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the Men in Black series, is terrified of the internet, and said so in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters. From Reuters:

Sonnenfeld fears that children today will grow up with “no concept of the right to privacy and in fact not understand the need for it. Because the Facebook generation is not concerned with what people know about them . . . they will have no problem with additional governmental supervision, spying and intervention. They will be thrilled that the Internet will be able to follow their every move.

“I suspect,” he said, “we are probably looking at the last generation of Americans that exist in a democracy. Totalitarianism is not far in our future, and the next generation will go down that road happily.”

Sure. Sure, Barry Sonnenfeld. There are definitely some questionable aspects about youthful exhibitionism on-line. Mostly, though, I just like to imagine that everything Sonnenfeld says is true, and that the incoming totalitarian regime results in the near annihilation of human civilization, and then the few survivors, huddled around mud fires in their trash huts, tell each other myths of the Prophet Sonnenfeld, and the few remaining histories humans have to remind them of where they came from.