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OFF-TOPIC Thoughts - The Social Dilemma [Netflix Documentary]

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Hello Everyone,

I heard of this documentary called 'The Social Dilemma' today and decided to check it out. I think it's a very well put together documentary showing you the ins and outs of how social media systems, and therefore the billion-dollar companies behind them, have an impact on the world. What we see, and not see, has an influence on our opinions and behavior. What we see, and not see, is controlled by these companies. Or, in reality, by the AI they use that learns about our online behavior.

It's interesting to hear about some tricks being used to engage people on the online platforms. Interesting from a user point of view, as wel as ... a business point of view. While this documentary shows you the crazy side of these platforms and AI, it at the same time gives you little tips and tricks to engage with your customers or your community. You learn about what big platforms did in order to increase engagement, conversion, and income. Of course these platforms, besides being able to harm people in one way or another, are also able to connect people, and businesses, and do good. The pyschology behind all of this is fascinating.

I definitely enjoyed watching the documentary and would recommend it. Also, I'm curious about your thoughts and opinion about this documentary and the topic as a whole. I think there's quite some interesting lessons and takeaways for everyone here that will come to light when discussing it.

Thus, I made this thread and look forward to your comments!

 

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ISH I went for High Score first. We watch an episode of something with dinner since my boyfriend does watch tv. But I saw the trailer and was intrigued, although I'm a bit wary of it being something like Zeitgeist: Electric Boogaloo.
Also: Finished watching WW2 in color and its GOOD. And sad, but good docu
 

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This made me finally kick my FB habit. Now my account is dormant, for when I have to use it for Ads.

I’m still on some other social media, but have dialed it back immensely. All prt of relearning myself and how to get into periods of deep work.
 

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This made me finally kick my FB habit. Now my account is dormant, for when I have to use it for Ads.

I’m still on some other social media, but have dialed it back immensely. All prt of relearning myself and how to get into periods of deep work.
Same here, i think that if you're not using social media to make money chances are you're wasting a ton of precious time and putting yourself in a position where you can be easily manipulated.
 

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Same here, i think that if you're not using social media to make money chances are you're wasting a ton of precious time and putting yourself in a position where you can be easily manipulated.
Exactly. Twitter is the only platform I take seriously as a user now, because I’ve networked and made connections on there that translate into dollars in my pocket.

Stark contrast to LinkedIn, which has been nothing but a corporate circle jerk.

Made me happy to work as a media buyer.
100% this.
 

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Just watched this and found it really describes the issues well. I recently disabled all my social media and have been far more productive because of it. I won’t be going back on it until it changes fundamentally or I need to for business reasons.

“If the product you are using is free then YOU are the product”
 

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I think this should be considered for the forums next 'book review'. Even though it isn't a book.
"Are we being roped into the matrix?' @MJ DeMarco
 
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ISH I went for High Score first. We watch an episode of something with dinner since my boyfriend does watch tv. But I saw the trailer and was intrigued, although I'm a bit wary of it being something like Zeitgeist: Electric Boogaloo.
Also: Finished watching WW2 in color and its GOOD. And sad, but good docu
Ah! High Score, fun stuff, haven't yet seen in though. I honestly barely watch tv or netflix at all. But in some cases like this one I'm curious and want to know more hehe. I don't know Zeitgeist: Electric Boogaloo and WW2 yet, might be interesting to check out another time
 
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This made me finally kick my FB habit. Now my account is dormant, for when I have to use it for Ads.

I’m still on some other social media, but have dialed it back immensely. All prt of relearning myself and how to get into periods of deep work.
Good for you! Social media can be super distractive. And getting back into a workflow and proper focus can take like 25 minutes, so one can imagine the negative effect of being distracted every few mins.

Same here, i think that if you're not using social media to make money chances are you're wasting a ton of precious time and putting yourself in a position where you can be easily manipulated.
Fully agree here. I use FB mainly for the FB group I have with my target audience and ads. LinkedIn to show what I'm doing which has led to projects and clients as well. Other stuff never converted but can be distracting. This series can be quite an eye-opener. It also takes time to post stuff besides the fact that doing things in an organic way takes time. Building a following etc. Better put that time in business.

“If the product you are using is free then YOU are the product”
You made some good decisions and yea, this sentence/quote was amazing haha :D
 

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I watched it yesterday and I think it's garbage. Don't get me wrong, I understand the dangers of social media and digital platforms. But I hardly got any new insights from the documentary.
 

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