I finally watched The Social Dilemma last night, and it was, I thought, a very thorough exploration of the issues with social media. At times, it felt like the producers had read my mind and turned it into a film. Like when this quote appeared on screen:
“There are only two industries that call their customers 'users': illegal drugs and software” – Edward Tufte
I wrote about this just a few weeks ago. Calling people users grinds my gears. That’s why on this site, you’re a member – not a user.
Then, they started talking about how big tech tries to model our behavior, how we’re just math to them. Which it just so happens I’d written the very morning before I watched it.
Of course, The Social Dilemma does most of these topics more justice than I’ll ever be able to do in my one or more daily paragraphs. So if you haven’t seen it already, I’d highly recommend you give it a watch, all the way to the credits, because they’ve got some great rules on how to avoid being sold into the attention economy yourself at the end.