I Watched the Social Dilemma (And I Still Don’t Hate Social Media)
“It’s confusing, because it’s simultaneous utopia and dystopia.”
Perhaps people missed that part in the movie.
If not, they wouldn’t shun social media as a collective evil that’s meant to destroy their lives.
The Social Dilemma is an incredible documentary that will certainly play a pivot in how we talk about social media and the internet in general.
However, it’s far from what so many people are making it to be. It’s not a social media-hating, internet-is-the-worst docu.
It demands effective regulation of some of the top players who actually run this world; who define the culture.
At the same time, it also takes attention to self-accountability. While algorithms are throwing at you countless pieces of content based on psychography, the onus also falls on you to hold back and shift the gear for personal well-being.
We might not understand how these platforms work to keep us glued. We do understand our own health though, don’t we?
This narrative people are pushing that there are a few evil corporate bosses who want to destroy your life is insanely absurd.
Social media is one of the greatest things that has ever happened. (And this comes from a person who isn’t much into these platforms.)
Yes, there are pitfalls. There are flaws. It has disadvantages.
Just like everything, there are pros and cons.
The question comes which side you want to focus on and empower.
The Social Dilemma tries to create awareness that you’re vulnerable to algorithms. Get hold of yourself and take care of your health. It doesn’t promote hate on social media or the internet.
The cat is out of the box. Internet is not going away. Social media is not going away. With awareness of how they might affect our well-being, we must adapt accordingly and focus on the utopia. This doesn’t mean we pretend that dystopia doesn’t exist. It’s about evolving and adopting on the positive side; it’s about empowering the positive side; it’s about taking realistic measures to correct the dystopia.
Admittedly, many of the bads on social media and the internet will not be fixed. But it is what it is. It is about humans. We never managed to fix murders, rapes and terrorism. The problems will remain in varying degrees.
What we should do is empower the utopia and demand constructive measures. And NOT act cynical and deactivate our social media because a few evil corporate bosses are trying to destroy us.
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