Aaron Swartz / Jesus

Gisteren zag ik online de documentaire Aaron Swartz: the internet’s own boy, over de vorig jaar door zelfmoord overleden internetgoeroe achter RSS, Reddit en vooral de grote man achter de protesten tegen de SOPA-wet. Zijn verhaal klinkt in de documentaire als het verhaal over Jezus, ontdaan van alle mythes. Een held zonder meer, met een tragisch en onnodig einde. Eerst de trailer, eronder de hele documentaire [neem de tijd, hij duurt dik anderhalf uur]. Onvoorstelbaar hoe iemand op zo’n jonge leeftijd door heeft hoe de wereld in elkaar zit!

The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.