The Social Dilemma documentary examines dangers of tech platforms

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The Social Dilemma documentary examines dangers of tech platforms

Experts that have worked for big Silicon Valley companies for years sit down and place a microscope over their technologies and the worrisome impact that it’s having on people.

Tristan Harris, former Google employee

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Tristan Harris, former Google employee Credit: Netflix

The documentary is available to watch on Netflix.

What is The Social Dilemma about?

The Social Dilemma, directed by Jeff Orlowksi, is a documentary about the powers of social media and the effects and control that tech platforms have over our lives.

The documentary poster

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The documentary posterCredit: Netflix

It delves into the psychology of what’s keeping us glued to our screens, why companies are competing for our attention, and ultimately, how dangerous and destructive this power can become.

The interview panel features Silicon Valley executives and tech ethicists

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The interview panel features Silicon Valley executives and tech ethicistsCredit: Netflix

Jeff Orlowski is best known for both directing and producing the Emmy Award-winning documentaries Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral.

Who’s in the cast?

A panel of Silicon Valley tech experts sit down to reveal insight into the world of companies like Google and Facebook.

Tim Kendall, the former president of Pinterest, is involved in the documentary.

Kendall also worked as Director of Monetization at Facebook.

The dramatization, at points, feels all too familiar

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The dramatization, at points, feels all too familiarCredit: Netflix

Tristan Harris, co-founder, and president of the Center for Humane Technology, formerly worked Google before he came to understand the implications the technology he was creating.

“Never before in history have 50 designers made decisions that would have an impact on two billion people,” says Harris in the film.

Jaron Lanier, a computer scientist and philosophy writer, is also featured. He has penned several books including Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now and You Are Not a Gadget.

The documentary highlights how we are inundated with cues that are helpful to advertisers and propagandists

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The documentary highlights how we are inundated with cues that are helpful to advertisers and propagandists Credit: Netflix

Their stories are brought to life by a family of actors.

Skyler Gisondo plays a teen who’s attempting to navigate high school life but is also plagued by his technological addiction.

His phone A.I. system is played by Vincent Kartheiser of Mad MenKartheiser voices the dangerous algorithm embedded in Gisondo’s phone that is used to entrap users.

Kara Hayward of Moonrise Kingdom are also featured in the cast.

Where can I watch it?

You can watch The Social Dilemma, which is out now, on Netflix.

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