‘The Social Dilemma’ gives ‘Black Mirror’ a run for its money

Cayla Smith, Campus Editor

“The Social Dilemma” is a Netflix docu-drama that looks at the dangers and human impact related to social media, with the very people who created it calling upon needed change.

“The Social Dilemma” is so well put together in the sense that it had these original creators and presidents of social media companies calling out their own creations. Tristan Harris, former design ethicist at Google, and Justin Rosenstein, creator of the “like” button, are just a few, among the many people who impacted the way we interact with social media.

The great thing about the docu-drama hybrid is that even though the drama side was dramatized, it wasn’t done in a satire way. From my perspective, my siblings act the same way Isla, the youngest daughter, was portraying someone that age. It’s a sad reality.

The story is told in a way that you can apply exactly what they are saying to something in your life right now. It’s an automatic click of realization.

Watching this reminded me of “Black Mirror,” which is a dystopian science fiction series. After every episode, you think to yourself, “thank God, that’s not real.” That isn’t the case with this.

The difference between the two, besides the obvious, is that with “Black Mirror” your brain is going a mile-a-minute with questions that won’t get answered. But with “The Social Dilemma,” you have every realization that you wish you had with understanding a show like “Black Mirror.”

That’s because you can think back to so many things in your experience with social media that make sense, even if you have never questioned it before.

It’s the psychological manipulation that was never meant to happen. Rosenstein says that the “like” button was just something for friends to engage with each other. It wasn’t meant to be a competition between kids on who can get the most likes.

The one thing that’s stuck with me is the algorithm. There are so many times where my dad will ask me if I saw something on Facebook, and I haven’t. It’s because everyone has a “for you” page, based on things you’ve interacted with in the past so your social media is constantly feeding you the same content repeatedly.

There are so many aspects I didn’t intend to get out of the hour and a half movie, but I fortunately did. If this reaches you because of the algorithm, “Hello, and watch The Social Dilemma’”.