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By: Shivani Velaga MYP 5
The Docu-Drama commences with ex-Silicon Valley workers chuckling at their unsuccessful attempts to introduce themselves. Through this, Jeff Orlowski retains the tone of this hard-hitting, yet light documentary film. An aspect of this documentary that piqued my interest was the sheer honesty of the interviewees. As improbable as it may seem, all the interviewees helped build major constituents of the different Social Media platforms that we use today.
“I mean, when Social Media just began, there were meaningful, systemic changes happening, that were positive! However, I think we were naive about that flip side of that coin,” stated Tim Kendall, former president of Pinterest. With this statement, the documentary began.
In my view, what sets 'The Social Dilemma' apart is how the directors have managed to clarify the complicated science of algorithms that are behind the world of tagged images, explore pages and the need to navigate up and down at all times, in such simple, concise language. Some of the original developers of different social media sites and search engines, believe it or not, have admitted to being addicted to the very platforms & services they once developed themselves.
And at heart -perhaps in an effort to personify the critical issue at hand- is a dramatised version of events revolving around a family that is fully consumed by the need to go on social media for hours everyday. The intent of the dramatic reenactment of some perils that come with social media seemed urging, however, according to me, the execution was rather poor as it impacted the fluidity of the documentary as a whole; one clip was an interviewee talking, and in a few seconds, it would change to a re-enactment, thus, making me lose sight of what was previously going on.
Nonetheless, this documentary was remarkable, and well produced, managing to portray the multitude of perils that come with social media. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and delete Facebook from my phone.
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