The high tech revolution has changed the way people live, and most observers feel that this change has been for the better. However, the documentary “The Secrets of Silicon Valley” paints a different picture.
The documentary shows the effect that technology companies are having on the neighborhoods around Silicon Valley and San Jose where they are based. Ordinary residents are being squeezed out by sky high rents that are the result of newcomers with six figure salaries. Those who do stay talk of how their neighborhoods have (more…)
July 18th, 2013
The Secrets of Silicon Valley is a documentary that was filmed over a decade ago. The documentary was release back in 2001. The idea behind the documentary was to show people how the advances in technology were negatively impacting the area of Silicon Valley. It is supposed to be about how technology advances are not always positive. A great debate came about after the documentary was released because some people agreed with it and other people felt that the documentary had it (more…)
May 25th, 2013
“The Secrets of Silicon Valley” was a controversial film made in 2001 by two activists. Their goal was to make a film about the negative impacts of the technology revolution in the Silicon Valley.
The film, which was made without narration, follows the daily lives of two individuals caught up in the revolution. One individual runs a low-income computer training center called “Plugged In”. Like many other small businesses and individuals, the rising costs in rent was forcing this training center to find a new home.
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April 3rd, 2013
What is the message behind the documentary Secrets of Silicon Valley?
This one-hour documentary takes on a couple of different issues. One is the social impact of high-tech lifestyles, and how our high-tech lives affect the world at large, our health, and the communities in which we live.
What we see as the documentary plays out is also how our economic standing impacts our place in society and how we’re perceived.
While technology makes business more easily globalized, <strong>there’s another side to it. It’s not all about the flexibility and customization that technology gives us (we can pick our best Internet plans, television packages and even have advertising catered to us online).
What will it say to you?
We don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but Secrets of Silicon Valley gives a glimpse of the temporary assembly line worker, an existence that includes low pay and no degree of job security, while closeby, on the upper end of Silicon Valley, rich businessmen and plugged in media outlets exist without such insecurities and hardships.
We suggest you watch the documentary with friends or family, then discuss what it meant to you. There are a few good reviews online of this documentary, and you can find the best internet provider deals.
March 5th, 2013
The Secrets of Silicon Valley has the potential to shock millions of people by its exposure of the negative impact that the Internet has on the world. It has no narration, as it follows to young people that struggle with the meaning of globalization and social change.
This documentary is the first film to truly confront the impact that technology is having on our social lives, and so far it is the only film to do so. It is an important message that the world needs to hear. And with the help of (more…)
July 14th, 2012
The Secrets of Silicon Valley was released 11 years ago, but it is still relevant today. The two main characters in this insightful documentary are Magda Escobar and Raj Jayadev. Both of these individuals are trying to buck a corrupt system and save the world – or at least the little bit of world they inhabit.
Magda Escobar runs Plugged In, a low income computer training center focused on helping the less fortunate in the community find work in this potentially lucrative but often exploitative field. She fights rising costs to stay in business, determined (more…)
July 13th, 2012
With a deep love of all things technology the American population simple does not know about the dark underbelly of one of the wealthiest and high-end areas of the country. Silicon Valley is home to thousands of technology companies. Apple, Microsoft and a myriad of other recognizable brands have all set up shop in Silicon Valley. “Secrets of Silicon Valley” is a non-narrated documentary that takes a look at two of the small time players in the tech world; a manager of a computer training program and a migrant worker. Both have their own stories about the dark world of the technology age.
The film is a gripping and interesting look at the world of high-tech and how it affects the low-income population of the world, but for some reason the film never garnered a great amount of attention. It, like many other expose-style documentaries, received a good amount of internet-hype but lacked the backing of large production companies to truly reach the masses. There are thousands of truly astounding documentaries mad each year that never reach high viewership, but their message and production remain important. To check out this and other similar films do a quick internet search and you will find a myriad of documentaries that can be viewed online.
July 12th, 2012
The documentary “The Secrets of Silicon Valley” unveils truths about the negative effects of the Internet revolution. Directors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman set out to make a film that exposes the inner workings of the current tech climate, while trying to analyze Americans’ current fascination with gadgets and technology.
This probing look inside the booming world of high tech was conceived as a story told through the eyes of two people: Magda Escobar, who runs a computer training facility that is losing money thanks to the high real estate costs in Silicon Valley, and (more…)
July 8th, 2012
The Secrets of Silicon Valley was a great documentary. It was a good film because it actually brought things to light that people were not aware of. This is a big deal when it comes to documentary filmaking.
In many instances people that make a documentary will not have things in place. People like to make movies but they seldom have the right kind of information that will inspire people to watch. It really helps to have a movie in place that will be informative. People that watch movies (more…)
July 5th, 2012