I’m watching The Social Dilemma (2020), a documentary that explores the threat created to modern society by increasingly pervasive social networking systems that are driven by profit and powered by manipulating the users of these networks. Our attention – and thus our time and our lives – are being mined.
It is thought-provoking, scary and well put together. Key people – mainly previous players in the social networking companies who have become aware of the ethical issues created by the way these systems are developing – are mixed with a fictional story of a family being damaged by online addiction.
Worth a watch – although also worth thinking about the fact that it was produced and is being presented by Netflix, a company that relies on capturing attention and lives on binge viewing. For more, see the accompanying website.