Amazing. This should be shown in schools, airports, etc everywhere.
An interesting and very disturbing documentary on how we are all being manipulated.
There was nothing enlightening here. I felt that the engineering from social, psychological, computational, and mathematical aspects were interesting and should have been explored more, since they essentially glossed over the misinformation campaigns running rampant on every social media platform the world over. Even if this doc would've focused on regulation, or the lack thereof, that would've been something, but they chose to not call any entities out, remain middle-of-the-road, and out of the fray. I think that this topic would've been much better served as a multi-part series that explored the various ramifications of social media, rather than 90 minutes of glossed over, big-picture fluff that didn't hit at the heart of any of the numerous implications caused by the inherent designs of social media platforms.
I will say, however, there were far better recommendations for how to combat this ever-present problem in the last few moments of the film, while the credits rolled. The director had the interviewees each list methods they utilize to prevent overexposure to the ills of social media to them and their families.
i was a little skeptical at the start, cuz they were just saying things we already know, but later the extent of it, GOD! blew my fucking mind
While I do think that it is an amazing film that everyone should watch, unfortunately, I think that creators spend too much time focusing on shock value to truly get the right messages across. I have personally been "social media aware" for about 9 months now and have read multiple books on this issue, and they don't portray the dystopian society that this film does. By focusing more on how people can change their habits and by showing that it is possible to live with social media, this film would have much more of an impact.
Absolutely nothing new here. Actually a lot missing. Maybe it's focused to the US audience idk.
“Our attention can be mined. We are more profitable to a corporation if we’re spending time staring at a screen, staring at an ad, than if we’re spending that time living our life in a rich way.
And so, we’re seeing the results of that. We’re seeing corporations using powerful artificial intelligence to outsmart us and figure out how to pull our attention toward the things they want us to look at, rather than the things that are most consistent with our goals and our values and our lives.” - Justin Rosenstein, Facebook Former Engineer, Google Former Engineer, Asana Co-Founder.
Very interesting documentary about how tech companies capitalize on human psychology and precisely on our weaknesses. A great point mentioned is how the fact that feeds are "personalized" for each user gives us that false sense that everyone agrees with us simply because everyone in our news feed sounds just like us. Getting exposed to opposing opinions, fact checking news, and choosing what to see rather than just going with what is recommended are just a few of the ideas to have somewhat of a control over what we consume.
Like some have said, there was nothing new here. And I think they missed big part of the solution. We need to help humans improve with better education and better mental health care. If people can take care of their vices by getting help and having a support system this stops being a problem.
There is a big part of the population that doesn't know that news feeds are custom tailored to them but the problem is that they don't seem being capable of making their own mind about topics they need a better education and support system.
And they throw a lot of blame to the big companies but the regulation should come from the government. For me is like blaming the alcohol manufactures for people having DUIs, doesn't make much sense.
Regulate the drug YES...
...BUT ALSO help people not take it in the first place.
It is good to point the issues, it'd have been much more interesting to hear about proposed solutions besides "regulations".
Bit of a mixed bag. While I agree that it's disturbing and that something should definitely be done, what's equally disturbing is that the filmmakers didn't feel the need to share solutions until the very last minute, while the credits rolled (which to me makes it look less important). It's like during editing they noticed how depressing the whole thing was, so they figured they needed to at least try to offer some solutions.
I feel like they should have shortened the parts with the parallel illustrative movie to include some actual tips on how to deal with social media in its current state. Change is going to take a while, so being able to deal with it as it is right now is a requirement.
Wish I could obligate people to watch this!
Very important information that's being delivered here. I think it would have been better without the narrative though.Also: How ironic it was that netflix' algorithms immediately played trailers for other movies when the credits began to roll. And of course the total lack of their own manipulation tactics.
In a word, dumb. If you're under the age where you understand how algorithms work, there's nothing new here and the narrative laid out is that technology is causing our problems (a traditionalist trope) instead of it being the inability of a large part of our population to change fast enough.
If someone watches a YouTube video that convinces them that the world is flat, they're dumb. It's not more complicated than that. I feel like people who aren't morons who grew up with the internet understand not to trust things that you hear on it, and that really is what the message needs to be, simply, "don't take things on faith." Whoever you're listening to is probably at the very least massaging the facts, and that's ok. It's just human nature to do that. Our problem isn't the internet puts bad ideas out there; it's that some people are unable to reject bad ideas. It's on them.
Take this documentary as you wish, but there is something really scary about the extent to which social media controls us. As you watch you begin to realize that Facebook and other social media platforms are telling you what to think and not letting you think for yourself. It is a crazy thought, but one that largely explains the extreme political divide that we face right now in the United States. People continue to see things online that they already believe, which strengthens their belief in that thing, no matter if its right or wrong. This is because the formula social media uses to keep you engaged is to show you things you agree with. If you disagree with something you are less likely to interact with it. I hope that what people learn from this is that we need to start seeing all sides of things no matter how wrong or immoral we view the other side to be. A MUST WATCH.
I am not the target audience for this documentary so probably shouldn’t be passing judgment. I am a tech-saavy individual that is beyond the age of being influenced by social media. I have Facebook and a barely active twitter and reddit account. I purposely do not engage with Facebook advertising and actively Snope anyone that posts things without researching first. Do as they suggest in the last few minutes of the video, turn your notifications off everywhere you can, research the facts before propagating information when there’s “truth” that bears no facts and, yeah, it’s probably a good idea to keep children off social media until their brains are fully formed at age 21 or be sure that as a parent you have a very very close relationship with that child so you know everything that is effecting them.
This documentary is above all thought provoking about how much screen time we take everyday and how are thoughts about certain things can be skewed in the direction that a social platform enforces.... scary....
This is one of the most important documentaries to come out during the last 5 years.Hearing these people talk about algorithms, and how they’re linked to advertising and propaganda, is fascinating.
Having said that, I absolutely hated the acting bits.Especially the scenes with the 3 guys representing algorithms felt phony and cringeworthy, almost like a sci-fi movie out of the nineties.
Really interesting documentary into not just how social media controls us but the internet in general. If we let it it can control our opinions and I fear for the youth of the today because this is only going to get worse.
The scripted story with the actors was so lame. I know they wanted something more complex not just a documentary with interviews but :man_shrugging_tone1::person_facepalming_tone1:
Yeah, I couldn’t get through it. The dramatizations were just too cringe inducing to endure. The Social Dilemma is made for people that don't have any self-awareness that social media was created to be addictive. It's 2020 and I thought "social media bad :rage:" is just not a new take.
Why were so many people talking about this? Am I missing something here? Did we really need a documentary including a horrible melodramatic short film to tell us that social media is bad for mental health, full of misinformation, and that companies are using every manipulation technique possible to keep you scrolling? What is next? TV and national news are manipulative? No way!!
I was hoping to get some new insight or a discussion about real "solutions" but it was really disappointing. It’s just a bunch of people who got millions out of tech industry telling you how evil the tech industry is. They made so much money but now they're "woke", so it's okay. I found it funny that they criticize the algorithms of various social networks, but they do not criticize those of ... Netflix. :))
THE WACPINE OF ‘THE SOCIAL DILEMMA’
WRITING: 9ATMOSPHERE: 9CHARACTERS: 7PRODUCTION: 8INTRIGUE: 9NOVELTY: 7ENJOYMENT: 8
Dealing with issues concerning social media technology and companies; their past, present and future; their downsides and threats on the society as a whole and the way they control and enslave us without our knowledge.
The strongest and most straightforward depiction of the dark sides of social media in documentary form so far.
The film faces the risks of social media without scaring audiences too much and provides alternatives and advice on how to fight back.
Industry professionals interviewed, giving us in-depth information from the inside, while also telling us why things have turned for the worse.
Effectively allows us to understand the scary future ahead of us while letting us know that all hope isn’t lost.
The concepts discussed are presented breathtakingly and interestingly.
The documentary hardly presents new or revolutionary ideas or concepts for those initiated with the subject matter.
The dramatized sequences in-between the interviews are terribly performed and completely unnecessary.
Organizations don‘t need to hack social media platforms to control us. They just need to know how to use the tools created for them.
WACPINE RATING: 8.14 / 10 = 4 stars
So what they say is to tackle the effect, not the cause of the issue, which is mental healthcare and greed in our society.
Whole pile of obvious tactics explained like it was rocket science and people aren't aware
nothing that i dont know already, from personal life and faculty/university.thing is, everything from this documentary is written and shown to you when you create account on internet, BUTits easier to scroll down and click accept, right?
for me its 5/10.
Good "docu-drama." Eloquent and concise. Too bad that its message will enter one ear and come out from the other in one swift move. When the end credits roll, everyone will be back sending selfies and hitting like buttons in their distorted social media bubble. Well, don't say nobody warned you.
Well produced and good at creating awareness and thinking on this critical topic. I watched it on my TV and not on my mobile phone