Generation Z has discovered the 2000s for themselves, whether in fashion, music, film or television. However, early internet culture has so far largely escaped the wave of nostalgia — and perhaps true, if you watched the new documentary series The Internet’s Most Hated Man on Netflix. It shows what social media looked like long before the abolition of culture and political correctness, i.e. as a forum where you could say and share absolutely anything. The “highlight” of this development: IsAnyoneUp.com, which is the focus of the new Netflix mini-series with its creator.
by Natasha Juracsik
In 2010, Hunter Moore created this site where anyone can upload suspicious photos of other people without their consent. In addition, the nude photos were provided with links to the social media profiles of the people photographed, and in some cases their own phone numbers were added. As an “inventor” of the so-called porn revenge Hunter Moore has been named “The Most Hated Man on the Internet” by Rolling Stone magazine and has boasted of having a vast fan club that calls itself “The Family”. In 2012, the fun ended abruptly.
The first three-part installment of The Most Hated Man online takes audiences back to the years when the Internet really took off, but without the restrictions like those it had back then. Community Guidelines or user rules. First, through interviews and visually photograph, a digital wild west mediated, where something like Revenge Porn could happen in the first place. Anyone who still remembers this time on the World Wide Web knows that concepts like “cyberbullying” weren’t popular terms – so you can say almost anything you want.
The series gradually introduces some of Moore’s victims until the story escalates into the second and third parts and finally comes to a dramatic end. Director Rob Miller skillfully builds his documentary, which means that the events, some of which are developed in parallel, are understandable and do not lose the overview despite the huge amount of information and details. The length of one-on-one conversations or interviews with those affected and involved in the case is always appropriate and offers multiple perspectives on the topic, even if the focus is clearly on the victims. By the way, Hunter Moore was asked if he would like to take part in the filming, as the overlay told us at the end of the film, but he refused. He may not have been able to contribute much anyway, since the documentary remains realistic, but at the same time takes a clear stand on what is being shown. While this may seem biased to some, one might wonder if posting nude photos without the subject’s consent falls into an ethical gray area. The fact is that the controversy over this does not end with the popular argument that one should not simply take such pictures.
Whether the people whose lives have been destroyed by IsAnyoneUp.com is partly to blame is something that every viewer must decide for themselves, even if director Rob Miller has a very clear opinion on the matter. At least after watching The Most Hated Man on the Internet, strict adherence to some rules on social media – which some describe as semi-censorship – can now be understood a little more, even if you don’t necessarily want to agree to them.
While not quite as neutral as one might expect from a documentary, The Most Hated Man online is well organized and by no means slow, despite wasting a few minutes. As a contribution to Netflix, it is definitely one of the best versions! Now on Netflix to see.
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