“Why is a tree more valuable dead than alive, why is a whale more valuable dead than alive?”
— Justin Rosenstein asked a provocative question in the Social Dilemma.
The Social Dilemma — a new documentary by Jeff Orlowski — has put front and center the role of technology in fostering the divisiveness, fear, and mistrust that have become a hallmark of our times.
What was missing in the Social Dilemma was the way forward. As humanity finds itself at this crossroads — we need to make some key decisions that will determine our collective future. …
Over the past few months, social media has become a digital pariah — major platforms have been accused of fostering a climate of intolerance, making people vulnerable to propaganda, and fraying our social fabric. And, to make matters worse, recent revelations about foreign influence and Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook apps to harvest data have even staunch supporters of social media questioning the personal and societal risks of data sharing online. There are, in short, huge problems with social media and its attention-based economy. Yet, there are also huge benefits to being connected with online communities and instant information.