The Social Dilemma (2020)

I watched this 2020 Sundance documentary/drama, The Social Dilemma, on Netflix. It is a series of interviews of people who worked at social media companies telling their stories of how they are ruining society and actors showing their addictions to the system. They tell about monetizing surveillance, data mining, its effects on mental health, teen suicides and conspiracy theory misinformation especially for Gen Z. They bring up a lot of good points telling why you see ads related to things that you like to do or buy.

They point out the obvious that they must monetize through advertisers, since they let you use their programs for free. The better the mining data about you the more advertisers will pay to be seen on their media. It is directed by Jeff Orlowski and written by Orlowski, Davis Coombe, and Vickie Curtis. The Interviewees include Tristan Harris (Google Inbox. American ethicist), Aza Raskin (Firefox,son of Jef Raskin – human-interface expert and initiator of the Macintosh project at Apple),

ethicist

ethuh-sist ]
noun
a person who specializes in or writes on ethics (moral principles) or who is devoted to ethical principles.

Justin Rosenstein (Google project manager), Shoshana Zuboff (Harvard professor, social psychologist, scholar, author) and Jaron Zepel Lanier (Atari, Microsoft, computer scientist, composer, visual artist, author, founder of virtual technology). I enjoyed this docu-drama and will give it 4 out of 5 stars. I am connected to my devices, I stopped while writing this to check Facebook and my texts. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Gen Z

Generation born between 1996 and 2015.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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