If You Trust People Like Mark Zuckerberg, Watch The Social Dilemma Now

The Social Dilemma should take our angst away from random, shady celebrities and put it directly on people like Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg isn't the only tech leader to blame, but he's one of the worst. | Image: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File
  • Netflix released the documentary The Social Dilemma this month.
  • The movie details just how insidious the effects of social media have become.
  • While we’ve been on phones, screaming at people like Ellen DeGeneres, we should be more focused on people like Mark Zuckerberg.

The Social Dilemma might be this year’s most important documentary. It’s more revelatory than The Last Dance, and it’s certainly more important than Tiger King. And while the social media has had its cancel-beams lasered in on people like Ellen DeGeneres and Chris D’Elia, they pale in comparison to people like Mark Zuckerberg.

That’s because he owns the social media that you’re trying to do the canceling from. He’s so big you can’t even see him. We’re like a fish trying to taste the water. And The Social Dilemma points out just how dangerous that water has become.

Check out the trailer:

The Social Dilemma Hits Us Where It Hurts

Almost everyone who reads this article will have one thing in common: an addiction. We’re all addicted to our phones and our social media, and it makes perfect sense.

As The Social Dilemma so eloquently outlines, there are teams of Ivy League-educated minds plotting to deepen your addiction. In short, you don’t stand much of a chance.

Social Dilemma
The Social Dilemma uses Silicon Valley’s own tactics against it. | Source: Twitter

The Mark Zuckerbergs of the world are competing to suck you deeper into a digital wormhole, and they’ll use abhorrent practices to do it. According to the documentary, they’ll distort your reality, and your search results, to keep you on their app, and they’re a big part of why the divide between Americans has become so deep, so rapidly.

Dangerous groups like QAnon built a massive momentum on apps like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. That’s because fake news travels six times faster than legitimate information. You can, partly, thank the algorithms for that.

So why are we all diddling on our phones, trying to cancel stray celebrities, when the perpetrators sit behind the curtain?

Why Aren’t We Canceling People Like Mark Zuckerberg?

If you’ve been reading the news for the past decade, you already know that Mark Zuckerberg has highly questionable ethics.

From assisting Donald Trump into the White House to Facebook’s horrifying working conditions to doing God-knows-what with our personal info, Mark Zuckerberg is not a billionaire you should get behind.

Watch The Social Dilemma commenter discuss the effect of social media on today’s children:

To be fair, as they mention in The Social Dilemma, many of these tech leaders never intended to create these consequences. But if we’re bailing people out, then I guess we’ll have to really look into why Bill Cosby did what he did. What happened in his past that made him act the way he did? But since we’re not currently embracing understanding as a concept, let’s not start with Mark Zuckerberg.

He’s one of the wealthiest people in the world, and he’s profiting off of us while seemingly ruining us at the same time. His app helped land Donald Trump in the White House, which has caused who knows how many deaths that might’ve been prevented.

Nasty as she may be, does Ellen DeGeneres honestly compare?

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Aaron Weaver

Aaron Weaver

Aaron is the U.S. editor of CCN.com located in Los Angeles. He has been a professional writer and comedian for over ten years. After graduating with honors from Western Michigan University, he's written extensively for newspapers, websites, and various TV shows and web series. Email: aaron.weaver@ccn.com. , his LinkedIn profile here, or his Muck Rack profile here.

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