By Lane Gwinn
The Times 

The documentary-drama The Social Dilemma: A call to digital arms

A recommendation to everyone who goes on-line


October 1, 2020

WORLD WIDE WEB—Recently I watched The Social Dilemma, a documentary-drama directed by Jeff Orlowski, currently available on Netflix. The movie presents a series of interviews with Silicon Valley engineers and tech experts discussing the science behind technology addiction, surveillance capitalism, and other dangers embedded in popular social media platforms. There is also an acted and scripted story interspersed between interviews, illustrating how a family faces the effects of their social media use.

The interviews are harrowing; they cover what many of us already knew or suspected abou...

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