• Rate: Good
  • Director: Jeff Orlowski
  • Release Year: 2020

“Bike is a Tool. Nobody questioned its usefulness and it wasn't even strange when it was invented. But the current technology is not a tool because it is the tool that uses it. As for this technology, it transforms you as a tool for it. ”

This phrase appears in the context of Jeff Orlowski’s movie "The Social Dilemma" and is taken by one of the many experts who worked in social media organizations and electronic work fields such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

It clearly indicates not only the content that the director succeeds in broadcasting about the danger of social media and his informational institutions, but also about this age of human life in history which has become - in effect - the tool that is addicted to the devices and products of modern science.

All those who are covered in the film are polls and benefit from their experiences, they were senior employees of these giant institutions before the resignation of most of them, aware of the seriousness of their common plans to domesticate the human mind to serve the information banks in these institutions.

The constant here is what some of us have realized for years: These institutions follow up every activity they do, but not out of security espionage (even if this also happens), but rather out of getting to know you and adapting you to their advertising and expansion services.

This is like the difference between going to the post office to deposit your message or sitting behind the computer to send what you want "with the click of" a button. There is no doubt that exchanging messages over the Internet saves a lot of effort, time and money. 

Imagine if you had files that you wanted to send to another party and the hardships you would have to do to get it done at the post office, while you could condense everything and send it straight away. In a minute or so, the other party will have the file.

But what the film says is that, in front of every benefit of technological progress, there are ten disadvantages, including the domestication of the human mind and its normalization to serve as a servant of the institutions that lead it.

The movie carries a different style for a documentary movie (it contains some acting and a lot of montage) and this is his problem, as its follow-up for about an hour and a half becomes conditional on the importance of its content and not the prowess of its production. It is a very important movie to know the size of what we have become addicted to and its negative impact on our lives psychologically and socially, or as one of these experts says: “We became part of that world. There is no longer a separation between him and us as individuals. At work and at home, you can see us do the same.” He says this and confirms that his discovery of this fact made him resign his position as Vice President of Design at Google.