Terry Gilliam blames internet for the breakdown in ‘real relationships’

US director Terry Gilliam, whose new film The Zero Theorem completes a dystopian trilogy. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images
US director Terry Gilliam, whose new film The Zero Theorem completes a dystopian trilogy. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

From The Guardian:

Terry Gilliam has lambasted online culture and blamed the internet for the breakdown of “real relationships”. Speaking at the Venice film festival premiere of his new film, The Zero Theorem, he said: “I find myself sitting at my computer and find myself seduced by the internet. The web gives me access to all the knowledge in the world – but I worry to myself: do we have real relationships any more, only virtual relationships?”

“The film seems to resonate particularly with young people, who are connected to the internet… to the extent [that] it can become totally consuming.”

“I look at it like this: we have access to all of information, and yet we’re still separated. I find it fascinating, that people hide behind false names – that’s the only way a lot of young people can communicate with each other. I believe it’s to do with advertising: people are presented as gods and goddesses, beautiful and perfect. We’re just not like that. So how do you communicate with others if they are expecting you to be perfect? You do it in secret.”

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