About this documentary

The Social Dilemma is a 2020 American docudrama film directed by Jeff Orlowski and written by Orlowski, Davis Coombe, and Vickie Curtis. It explores the rise of social media and the damage it has caused to society, focusing on its exploitation of its users for financial gain through surveillance capitalism and data mining, how its design is meant to nurture an addiction, its use in politics, its effect on mental health (including the mental health of adolescents and rising teen suicide rates), and its role in spreading conspiracy theories such as Pizzagate and aiding groups such as flat-earthers.


Our interpretation:

Not such a fan of the bad acting in the interwoven story-line, but the documentary side of this film is pretty impressive. And frightening. This is very much connected to the documentary on 'Surveillance Capitalism' where Shoshana Zuboff explains more about the underlying strategies of data-mining and behavioural prediction/regulation through this type of profile-mapping. Get off the grid.