Get an insight into how dangerously social networking impacts humans as the technology experts sound an alarm on their creations. The Social Dilemma is a 2020 documentary drama hybrid directed by Jeff Orlowski and written by Davis Coombe, Orlowski, and Vickie Curtis. Jeff Orlowski is an award-winning filmmaker and environmentalist ( Chasing Ice, 2012; Chasing Coral, 2017). The film examines the rise of social media and the damage it has inflicted on society.
It focuses on social media’s exploitation of its users for financial profit through data mining and surveillance capitalism. The drama follows how social media’s design aims to cultivate an addiction, its use in politics, how it affects mental health, its role in spreading conspiracy theories, and assisting groups like flat-earthers and white supremacists. IMDb rates the film at 8.1/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 92%. The docudrama sets in the dark underbelly of Silicon Valley.
The Social Dilemma Storyline :
Mighty, concealed artificial intelligence commissioned to hijack peoples’ attention, is tearing the fabric holding the society: doing apart social norms, jeopardizing the truth and democracy, and putting civilization on a pre-formed path towards self-destruction. Streaming on Netflix, Orlowski’s film scrutinizes the way social media twists and twirls peoples’ thinking. Notably, most of the strategies put in place were intentional, although their uttermost efficiency may have been obscured.
Justin Rosenstein, who led the Like effort at Facebook as an engineering manager, recalls that the Like button was developed with the teams’ motivation to spread positivity and love in the world. No one knew that it would become a source of depression for teens for lack of lies. This result is one of the unintended consequences flowing from the nature of the problem. The film unravels the invisible story purring from the mobile phones you always keep in your pockets.
A testimony from an expert tech whistleblowers reveals a disturbing predicament: the search engines, networks, instant information, among other services Big Tech provides, are simply candy dangled for you to take a bite. The moment you are hooked and back for more, the real commodity they sell is their mastery to influence and manipulate you. It is no coincidence that you get hooked to social media; it is addiction by design. The ability to change your phone’s interface and properties as you receive ceaseless data and the vertical scroll magnetism all cast a spell and gives you the desire to find out what is happening.
‘Surveillance capitalism is a broad term referring to a negligibly regulated marketplace that has gathered vast amounts of personal information ever in history. Having you look at more and more ads is one thing. But harnessing algorithms to the task of serving up fake news of individualized feeds that reinforce your beliefs, immerse you in alternative realities, and aid in fostering conspiracy theories is another thing altogether.
The Social Dilemma Cast : Who will be in?
This iconic film stars Skyler Gisondo (Santa Clarita Diet Season 4), Vincent Kartheiser (Das Boots Season 3), Kara Hayward, Sophia Hammons, Tristan Harris, Shoshana Zuboff, Renee Diresta, Aza Raskin, Chris Grundy, and Barbara Gehring.
Social Dilemma Release Date : When will it premiere?
The Social Dilemma premiered on September 9, 2020. Watch the trailer here as you deliberate on watching this fantastic documentary :