The Social Dilemma

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

The Social Dilemma is en eye-opening film that explores the rise of social media and the damage it has caused our society. It focuses on social media’s exploitation of its users for financial gain through surveillance capitalism and data mining, how its design is purposely addicting, its use in politics, its impact on mental health and increasing youth suicide rates, its role in spreading conspiracy theories and aiding groups such as white supremacists, and the crossroads we are now at because of this.

The film features interviews with many tech company heads, those who helped create the very social media that they warn is now literally destroying us. Experts in the field also weigh in, giving the viewer important context and some serious advice. The interviews are cut together with dramatizations, which tell the story of a teenager’s social media addiction, helping break up the film and bring it to life.

Cast

Tristan Harris as himself
Aza Raskin as himself
Justin Rosenstein as himself
Shoshana Zuboff as herself
Jaron Lanier as himself
Tim Kendall as himself
Rashida Richardson as herself
Renee DiResta as herself
Anna Lembke as herself
Skyler Gisondo as Ben
Kara Hayward as Cassandra
Vincent Kartheiser as A.I.
Sophia Hammons as Isla
Catalina Garayoa as Rebecca
Barbara Gehring as Mom
Chris Grundy as Step-Dad

Directed by

Jeff Orlowski

Written by

Jeff Orlowski
Davis Coombe
Vickie Curtis

Watch on

Netflix

Release Date

September 9, 2020

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Editor’s Note:

This is a very important film that we wish everyone would watch and take seriously. In the first minutes, the added dramatization makes you think you accidentally changed it, but don't let that stop you from watching the whole thing. There's a good mix between the interviews and fictionalized scenes that makes it easy to understand even if you're not a big tech person yourself. You really might be deleting your Facebook, Instagram, etc. accounts after this, with very good reason.

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