Not since the scientists working for J. Robert Oppenheimer began having second thoughts about setting off the A-bombs they made to end World War II have I run across anything quite like “The Social Dilemma.”
Since Sept. 9, the 89-minute film has been available on Netflix. It is the first documentary to be the top pick of Netflix viewers during its roll-out month. And it also won acclaim in January at the Sundance film festival. In it, some of the very people who engineered social media as it exists today express their deep fears that they’ve done permanent damage to humanity and put the world’s democracies at risk.
“The Social Dilemma” documents how “technology giants have manipulated human psychology to influence how we behave.”
Social media’s unregulated power is the purposeful release of dopamine into the pleasure center of our brains, the same as drugs from nicotine to heroin. … Read more