The Social Dilemma is a new 2020 documentary recently gaining more attention. While there have been other documentaries raising concerns about the impact of social media and our privacy, there hasn’t been one done like The Social Dilemma. The film opens with multiple top executives who previously worked for companies like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The tech experts telling their stories are visibly uncomfortable because they are bringing awareness to the role they played in social media’s extortion. The film delves into how big tech companies manipulate human attention for profit.
The Social Dilemma included ideas that I vaguely knew about, so watching it was very eye-opening. The film emphasizes that “if the product is free, then you’re the product,” which I feel is important to note because social media companies have to get something out of a free product. Most people, including myself, realize their data is being used, but few realize how deep it goes. Merely getting ads for products you already have just scratches the surface of the things exposed in The Social Dilemma. Some parts of the documentary were a little hard to follow, and the teen portion didn’t feel portrayed accurately, but I don’t regret watching it.