Star Cast: Skyler Gisondo, Kara Hayward, Vincent Kartheiser, Sophia Hammons
Director: Jeff Orlowski
What’s Good: The way it gives you access to the mind of social media creators.
What’s Bad: Nothing much but the whole angle of three Artificial Intelligence panels talking to each other like evil masterminds makes the documentary looks a little too dramatic.
Loo Break: Only if you drink too much water!
Watch or Not?: In this pandemic, getting close to someone with no mask is a big no-no. But as social media’s mask gets off in this docu-drama, it’s definitely something you don’t want to miss.
The Social Dilemma Docu-Drama Review: Script Analysis
Amid all the stuff you are watching and feeding yourself with these days, The Social Dilemma is a must-watch. Even if you are not a documentary person, you should watch it because it carries the potential to change your life for good.
The Social Dilemma has the high position ex-employees of all major social media platforms talking about how badly has social media impacted the world. While it talks about positives and good intentions as well, there’s a huge focus on how social media has become a tool of spreading negativity. You realise the shape and scale of this only after watching this documentary. It’s an eye-opener to see how these people have quit their dream jobs because of the way they have harmed the social fabric of the world.
Some of the major effects of social media on youth are depression, advanced fake news, increase in cybercrime, surveillance capitalism. The Social Dilemma tells you about how ISIS has inspired people online and now white supremacists are doing the same. How Internet lynch mobs in India have disturbed democracy. We have gone from the information age to the disinformation age thanks to social media fake news. Plastic surgeons have informed about a new syndrome called ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’. It is when young people want surgery so they can look more like they look in filtered selfies. I learnt all of this in just 5-10 mins of watching the docu-drama and it is 93 minutes of awesomeness.
As The Social Dilemma moves forward, it talks about how social media manipulates our minds in a way it wants to. To realise and learn how our behaviour changes as we scroll through our social media timeline, everything starts making sense. Browsing social media won’t be the same experience after watching The Social Dilemma. It tells you how the UI (User Interface) is created in a way as to harness maximum user engagement which benefits advertisers and the social media giants themselves. You are nothing but lab rats for social media giants and you will know why after watching The Social Dilemma. I have studied about this before as well, but I was still surprised to know about science and logic behind “photo tagging”, “generating comments” “replies to comments”, “suggesting emojis as replies to comments”. They just want their user to engage and spend as much time on the site as possible. It’s fascinating because when you get a notification about a friend tagging you in a photo, that photo isn’t shown in the notification. Just because they want you to click on it. They hack your psychology and every little part of social media has been crafted for that. Everything you see on your timeline has been especially served to you by the algorithms.
Overall, watching The Social Dilemma is nothing less than mini enlightenment. You don’t know how much you need it until you get it.
The Social dilemma Docu-Drama Review: Star Performance & Direction
Skyler Gisondo, Kara Hayward, Vincent Kartheiser, Sophia Hammons and others are not expected to offer something big as this isn’t a movie. It’s a docu-drama in which they are okay.
But I really admire how personalities like Tristan Harris, Bailey Richardson, Jeff Seibert, Joe Toscano, Tim Kendall, Aza Raskin, Justin Rosenstein, Shoshana Zuboff, Rashida Richardson, Renee DiResta and others have come in front to talk about the issues.
Jeff Orlowski has done a terrific job in bringing out all the super important information right in front of us. While it’s informative, it’s also interesting. The editor has also done a great job especially for wrapping up everything in 90 minutes approx.
The Social Dilemma Docu-Drama Review: The Last Word
Do yourself a favour and watch it as soon as you can.
Rating: Four Stars
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The Social Dilemma releases on 9th September, 2020.
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