The Social Dilemma

The new Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” is a must watch.

Never before have a handful of tech designers had such control over the way billions of us think, act, and live our lives.

The Social Dilemma may finally convince you that were being watched, manipulated, and misled by unscrupulous platforms and attention-harvesting algorithms. ~ Vanity Fair

  1. “If you’re not paying for the product, then you are the product” — Daniel Hövermann
  2. “There are only two industries that call their customers “users”: illegal drugs and software.” — Edward Tufte
  3. “Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.” — Sophocles 
  4. “We curate our lives around this perceived sense of perfection because we get rewarded in these short term signals: hearts, likes, thumbs up and we conflate that with value and we conflate it with truth. And instead, what it is is fake brittle popularity that’s short term and that leaves you even more, and admit it, vacant and empty before you did it. Because that enforces you into a vicious cycle where you’re like what’s the next thing that I need to do now, because I need it back. Think about that compounded by two billion people and then think about how then people react to then to the perceptions of others.” — Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital
  5. “We’re training and conditioning a whole new generation of people that when we are uncomfortable or lonely or uncertain or afraid we have a digital pacifier for ourselves that is kind of atrophying our own ability to deal with that.” — Tristan Harris, former design ethicist at Google and co-founder of Centre for Humane Technologies
  6. “We’ve created a world in which online connection has become primary. Especially for younger generations. And yet, in that world, anytime two people connect, the only way it’s financed is through a sneaky third person who’s paying to manipulate those two people. So we’ve created an entire global generation of people who were raised within a context with the very meaning of communication, the very meaning of culture, is manipulation.” — Jaron Lainer, computer scientist and virtual reality pioneer

The Social Dilemma

Here is how you can get involved:

Watch the film. We debuted on Netflix on September 9th, 2020, so you’re still early. Head on over and discover what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.

Join a conversation. Check out our Virtual Tour, an ongoing series of conversations with the activists, organizers, and researchers who are working to create a more humane future for technology.

Lead a conversation. Want to share the film with others? Be part of our virtual tour by hosting an event with friends, family, your COVID pod, or on behalf of your organization. Use our event materials and bonus clips to continue the conversation about how we can realign our relationships with technology. Register your event here.

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