Hot Docs: Ubiquity

Ubiquity, Netherlands/Switzerland/Belgium, 2017, director Bregtie van der Haak , 82 minutes, Dutch and French with English subtitles, screening as part of Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival, April 27, 28 and May 5.

Ubiquity, Netherlands/Switzerland/Belgium, 2017, director Bregtie van der Haak , 82 minutes, Dutch and French with English subtitles, screening as part of Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival, April 27, 28 and May 5.

(TORONTO, ON) – We are supposedly enamored with our connectivity in this modern wold, but it takes an engineering effort of cell towers. Of course, we must delve into the effects of all these towers and internet inter-connectedness. For Zuckerberg it is a mission he has not clearly thought through.

Connectivity at what price? And at what censorship as thousands of Filipino content moderators clean social media?

For you and me, perhaps there are no adverse effects. But, for a minority of users, the effect is horrific, ranging from ringing in the ears to dizziness and massive anxiety.

Ubiquity traces EU and Japanese victims of Electro Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS). Few victims in number but, as one sufferer said, we are a, “canary in a coal mine:” With headaches, dizziness, and a whole host of physical ailments, some are driven to live in rural escapes while others suffer in urban areas.

I like the canary comparison. These poor people are just the beginning of what we can expect to grow.

The victims of EHS are not flakes or weirdos, but average citizens strangely affected. It seems to amount to not if, but when more are affected. So many people have their snouts so deeply engrossed in their phones I question their intelligence to even think about the issues this film raises.

(Ubiquity, Netherlands/Switzerland/Belgium, 2017, director Bregtie van der Haak , 82 minutes, Dutch and French with English subtitles, screening as part of Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival, April 27, 28 and May 5)

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