Finding ‘The Social Dilemma‘ all over the news off late and wondering what’s the hyper about? Well, we’ll tell you more about the viral documentary film and the views of critics and its impact on the users of social media and smartphones.
Crux of the Matter
What Is It About?
Netflix’s documentary film explores the rise of social media, focusing on its exploitation of users for financial gain. It goes on to tell how social networking sites are designed to nurture an addiction, spread conspiracy theories and dire effects on mental health of both teenagers and adults alike.
Who All Feature In It?
The film contains interviews with famous folks like former Google design ethicist, co-founder Tristan Harris,fellow Center for Humane Technology co-founder Aza Raskin, Facebook like button co-creator Justin Rosenstein, AI Now director of policy research Rashida Richardson, Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship program director Anna Lembke, and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier. It also involves actors playing a family dealing with a teenager’s social media addiction.
Who Is The Creator?
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski. His most famous documentaries include Chasing Ice (2012) and Chasing Coral (2017), which tells a gripping story of changes in Earth’s climate, brought on by global warming and disappearing coral reefs. So what they did for highlighting real time events of climate change, “The Social Dilemma” will do for Facebook.
Our Data Used As Their Currency?
The relationship between persuasive technology and human behavior is featured by Orlowski, discussing how addiction isn’t a side effect of social media, but rather the industry’s business model that wants more and more of our time and personal data, in order to populate familiar things in our feeds and make us hooked on their products.
Facebook In Defense Mode
It has already started, with the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg hitting back at the documentary for sensationalisation. In a 7 point rebuttal, Facebook says “The film’s creators do not include insights from those currently working at the companies or any experts that take a different view to the narrative put forward by the film.”
What Do The Experts Say?
Being in the top ten list of Netflix for more than a month now, Viewers and critics alike suggest how it throws the limelight on the invisible force driving us from morning to evening i.e smartphones and social media. Documentaries like these can help us become more aware of these daily use products and how we can use them more responsibly.
What Is The Irony?
You just read about the film here, on our Instagram stories. If you are curious, you will watch the documentary on Netflix. Then if you like it, you will chat with your friends about it on Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or any other messaging app trending lately.
- The Great Hack is a 2019 documentary film about the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The Great Hack premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premieres section and was released by Netflix in July, 2019.
- The Social Network is a biographical drama film directed by David Fincher based on the 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires. It was named one of the best films of the year by 78 critics, and named the best by 22 critics, the most of any film that year. The film recently completed 10 years.
- Netflix was founded in 1997 by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings. Netflix’s initial business model included DVD sales and rental by mail. Netflix expanded its business in 2007 with the introduction of streaming media while retaining the DVD and Blu-ray rental business.