It's hard not to become an activist during the research and writing of ALGORITHM. When it was still in it's THE ROOT KIT form, the plot hinged on a billionaire hedge-fund manager who was using a virus/keylogger to monitor everything going on on every digital device. She would then use that knowledge to make highly educated guesses as to where stock prices were going.
I am not among the 1% richest of the United States. For me, as a part of the 99%, sometimes the ultra-rich feel like a methodical group of evil leaches who grow at the cost of everything else. I've heard of the "Noblesse oblige", and the idea of the enlightened capitalist, but I don't seem to see it all that often, with notable exceptions like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
As I learn about computer hacking, about what's going on in the so-called Cyber-war, between nations, corporations, various international mafias, and random teenagers from Long Beach, it's hard not to fight for ideas like freedom of information, of the rights of the individual.
As I explore the concept of privacy, if it should exist, or if it has inexorably been wiped from reality, I come to my own personal conclusions. I know that technology changes the way we think about reality and truth. I know we value privacy because Hitler is lurking behind every door, waiting for our slightest misstep in policy. (I know… I violated Godwin's law. Stay with me.)
I am, what my Chief Technical Advisor calls an iconoclast. I question traditionally held beliefs. I believe that, in asking fundamental questions, we can know more about ourselves, and hopefully interact with each other as equal human beings instead of us/them. And, yes, I understand that includes the 1% as well.
The thing in me that makes me an iconoclast is rebellious, quarrelsome, combative. It's what the psychologist who saw me throughout my troubled youth called Oppositional Defiant Disorder. My weakness is that, when I hear a law or command, my first response is to break it or disobey it.
So, when I see what I perceive to be injustice, I want to fight against the oppressors. I want to take their contrived little paradigm and rip it to shreds. Because they are not better than us. They are the same as us. They are us, if things had worked out just a tiny bit differently.
And, that thought gives me pause. That's why I don't become an activist. My job isn't to fight for a cause, but to ask questions. Because, in order to fight, you have to have an answer and I don't have answers. I don't know if there even are any good corporeal solutions to the human condition. I'd like to believe there are, and that some of you might be able to find them. I only know that I don't like some of the things I see and I feel compelled to talk about them… as an artist… in my movies.