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The Social Dilemma

2020 . Documentary, Drama . 1h 34m

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About the movie

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This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

Actors:

Skyler Gisondo, Kara Hayward, Vincent Kartheiser, Tristan Harris, Sophia Hammons

Director:

Jeff Orlowski

Rated:

PG-13

Writer:

Davis Coombe, Vickie Curtis, Jeff Orlowski

Language:

English

Release:

26 Jan 2020

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Reviews

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Hannah Van Brimer

4 weeks ago

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This film was very eye opening. I knew that we had an issue with social media, but I thought only apps like Facebook and instagram. I didn't even think about things like your email, and the notifications on your screen that you have to check every time there is a new one. It really is sad how much we are on our phones. People can put themselves in their own bubble and never leave. We are all anti social human beings and it needs to stop. Positives: - Really cool that they brought in people from all platforms: Google, Pinterest, Snapchat, Youtube, etc. - Eye opening and also the government is always watching more than I thought. - I liked how they really showed us how much these companies know about us. What we like, when we go to sleep, if we are introverted or extroverted. - Puts in perspective how much technology could be used for good, but also very bad. (KKK, Isis) - I am scared of how powerful and nosey technology is. They literally listen to you all the time. Negatives: - I don't like the moments when people are acting out their life. I dont think it's necessary and it is kind of weird. - I wasn't a fan of the animations throughout, I wish there was less of that or more facts. - Was boring at parts and I caught myself not being as interested. - The 3 men in the control center controlling notifications is dumb to me. Just stick with the facts. -Slow Overall:

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Logan Harrington image

2 months ago

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Absolutely garbage documentary/drama hybrid. This only showcases the negative sides of social media without regard to the positives and nothing presented is new information to anyone in the world. Waste of time all around, don’t watch.

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Caroline Hill image

2 months ago

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Finally watched it! This is instantly was not what I expected. The netflix poster made me think it was very teeny aimed at Gen-Z viewers. Nice to have adults, professionals speaking about this. Much better than I thought.  The actors scenes are a good visualisation (though not always fantastically acted or represented) and the graphics are very cool.. the algorithm man behind the screen. Liked that a lot. The figures of SH, depression and suicide relating to years of social media is sooo interesting. How the older generation has a lower change in comparison to gen-z era. So grateful I was born in a time that knew before social media so I can far easier take days off and be unaffected by amount of likes or followers etc. I know it wouldn’t be the case if I was born later. The hacker looking for human vulnerability in psychology is sooo interesting. LOVE the aesthetic of the closing credits. So good. So important to have some regulation and care. Very very true about how the real danger is really society’s reaction (like the hate, attacks, riots etc) honestly it frightens me a little.  It did tell a lot of what I knew already but important points and so interesting to see the psychology behind algorithm and the people behind making them. Great doc - so glad I finally watched it.

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John Joyce

3 months ago

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I already delete my Facebook every few months for a month to take a break from rubbish but I am a bit of a fiend to Twitter and the odd tiktok 😂

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Elliot C image

4 months ago

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This one didn’t really hit me with any sort of revelation. Social media is addictive, invasive, manipulative, and predatory, etc. This doc interviews insiders and gives data to back it up (although it is weirdly cut with an actor pretending to be an artificial intelligence algorithm). Revealing, sure. But does it say anything new?

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Denny A

5 months ago

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This is a good shall I say documentary on the dangers of social media and mobile use on general can be harmful if abused and good if controlled.

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Maja Nielsen

8 months ago

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So good to see things from different perspectives - there is definetly many pros and cons connected to moderen technology and social media etc. I recommend this "movie" to all users of Any kind of technology, social media and media in general. There is so much to learn from this "movie".

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jack wilde

8 months ago

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Very interesting documentary showing people who have worked inside massive tech and social media company’s and their opinions of it.

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Danny Farrington

8 months ago

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Scary. I watched this, then proceeded to delete my Facebook and turn off all my notifications. Three weeks later, my notifications are still off and it’s so freeing! Definitely recommend. Get your phone addicted kids to watch it, too.

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

9 months ago

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Super interesting, very relevant, and immensely important. This documentary has started a wave against social media that’s been a long time coming and isn’t that exactly what great documentaries do? I hope this will make people more conscious of how they use their time 🙏 I do think they overdo it a bit in the end with the demonstration and I think it ruins the credibility of the documentary a little bit. I wish they had toned it down a bit instead. My main thing critique is that I feel there’s a lot of finger pointing going on but very few solutions proposed. What’s the actual way to solve this? How are we digging ourselves back out of this situation? Doesn’t make it any less relevant but I wish they had pushed some of these creators to present ways out and how!

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Rotten Tomatoes image

10 months ago

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Clear-eyed and comprehensive, The Social Dilemma presents a sobering analysis of our data-mined present.

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IMDb image

10 months ago

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Explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

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Fabio Caiazzo image

10 months ago

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Important to watch...likely won’t tell you anything you don’t know, but the fact that it comes from the people who co-created these social media mechanisms is very important, and a reason for change

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Kristine Ohm

10 months ago

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I loved this one. Some of the “acting” scenes were bit off (reason for not rating 10) but the message that this documentary brings is so much worth it and makes you reflect. For sure it made me reflect. Tristan Harris has amazing point of views and explains the “problem” in a super easy-to-follow way.

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