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The Stanford alumnus behind Netflix documentary 'The Social Dilemma' wants you to stop scrolling

Original post made on Sep 25, 2020

Director Jeff Orlowski's latest documentary, "The Social Dilemma," leaves no stone unturned as it dives deep into tech's ugly downside, from social media addiction to its potential role in the downfall of democratic institutions.

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Posted by chini
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 27, 2020 at 5:41 pm

chini is a registered user.

Interesting story but, unfortunately, speaks from a questionable viewpoint. Tristan Harris, Roger McNamee, Palihapatiya and the likes have made their money, heard them speak about these issues but they lack the parent's perspective, in my opinion. I tried reaching out to Tristan on LinkedIn but he didn't bother responding - after all, I'm just a parent. But I have technical background enough to figure these things out without having to be on the inside.

I am a technical person and cannot speak openly because I still need a paycheck (haven't made my money like others) and don't want to hurt future prospects of my children. I do believe that these big technology phenomena are responsible for the degradation of society or social norms and play a huge and harmful role in degradation of the democratic institutions.

>> How can we change to these systems to work in society's interest?
The most important standard to enforce in these systems is TRANSPARENCY. All of the services claim to collect data to provide a "personalized" service but they end up creating a personalized stereotype that individuals find themselves trapped in for life. Include Apple and Netflix in the list of companies exploiting users. Which is why it is unfortunate that the "The Social Dilemma" was released on Netflix. That shows they don't yet get the impact of the technology phenomena.

Netflix created the "binge" phenomenon - no boundaries, just continuum of shows to profit from ruining lives. Unlike TV, no commercials, and each show followed by another recommendation! I don't subscribe to Netflix but am witness to the ongoing devastation on my children.

Social media platforms have lowered the barriers for anti-social behavior. They encourage such behavior by rating them against other behaviors, effectively creating a competition to stay low!
The technologically illiterate or gullible folks accept "smart" phones as "smart" without questioning it, and get pegged into the same recommendations and suggestions by the AI algorithms arresting their growth.

We must stop technology companies from selling us fully paid-for devices without full administrative control. For example, one can log in as Administrator into a laptop and cannot do so on the "smart" phone - that would "jail break". Ridiculous!

In the old days, cassettes and CDs could be shared or borrowed, but Apple made it personalized that we no longer have a family unit - it is decentralized with each family member glued to their own "smart" phone. Why can't a parent say no to it, you wonder? Because the schools, teachers think using "high-tech" is cool! And when Google and Facebook promise millions of dollars or hand out free devices (Microsoft has joined the game as well) as long as students log in to an account in order to use them, the schools turn the other way. They are willing participants in the exploitation of children for profit and decentralization of family, causing major issues that will last for years to come. It is worse than Phillip Morris or Juul selling cigarrettes and donating hundres of millions of dollars for cancer research.

If you want to talk more, feel free to contact me.

Posted by chini
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 27, 2020 at 5:42 pm

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I am not interested in "Follow"ing or stalking anyone but don't mind having a dialogue.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 28, 2020 at 10:25 am

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Nice point, similar to it’s great for some in high tech places to pontificate AFTER they have a huge nest egg, it’s like ok NOW let’s raise federal and state income taxes on those who make > 250 k/yr - they time these things beautifully.
Never mind the multiple ways Biden and the democrats will take advantage of investors.
We are taxed every which way, doesn’t stop Gates and Buffett stating we must be taxed more, haha.
Gates’ daughter bragged about her vulgar rich lifestyle. Already HAS the private plane, the yaxht, the trusts, the offshore.
I haven’t seen it but have read about it. Yes, I will view it. I doubt it’ll tell me anything I don’t already know.
Privacy issues and manipulation and overselling and poor use of one’s time
Try to protect your kids, people.