Netflix’s Social Dilemma is a just a shallow apology tour

The murky mechanics of social media deserve our attention, but this attempt at a drama-documentary features a drama-free string of talking heads who had lesser known roles in the development of the media platforms we use today

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
27th September, 2020
Netflix’s Social Dilemma is a just a shallow apology tour
Tristian Harris, one of the many talking heads from Social Dilemma

Netflix’s attempt to match the drama and relevance of its 2019 effort, the Great Hack, with its latest dive into the murky mechanics of social media has fallen flat and with good reason.

As a piece of film-making, the recently released Social Dilemma tries to take a drama-documentary approach, but neither element has enough to deliver anything worth watching.

The core documentary, featuring a string of talking heads, involves a quasi-apology tour from those...

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