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The Social Dilemma: 11 Tips Offered by the Experts in the Netflix Documentary to Reduce Social Media’s Control Over Us

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The Social Dilemma: 11 Tips Offered by the Experts in the Netflix Documentary to Reduce Social Media’s Control Over Us

The Social Dilemma, the new docudrama on Netflix, has become a trending talking point among people. Many are suggesting their friends and followers, ironically on social media platforms, to watch it on the streaming platform. ‘Ironically’, because the docudrama highlights the dangers of the increasing influence of social media apps like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc and how it could lead to the doom of humanity one day. The Social Dilemma Review: Why You Should NOT Be Missing This Netflix Documentary That’s More of a Warning to Be Seriously Heeded.

Sounds morbid and gloomy? Well, keep your phones down and check the news. If all you see there is hatred, violence and propaganda being permeated around you, well, we are already in the middle of that road!

The Social Dilemma is directed by Jeff Orlowski, and written by Orlowski, Davis Coombe, and Vickie Curtis. It had premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2020, and is streaming on Netflix since September 9. The docudrama is divided into two narratives.

There is the documentary part where tech experts and former employees of social media giants like Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Instagram etc talk about how these apps use digital surveillance and data mining to control your lives, even without you realising it. Some of the experts are Tristan Harris, Aza Raskin (both Center for Humane Technology co-founders), Justin Rosenstein (Asana co-founder, also Facebook’s like button co-creator), Shoshana Zuboff (Harvard University professor), Tim Kendall (former Pinterest president), Rashida Richardson (AI Now director of policy research), Jaron Lanier (virtual reality pioneer) among others.

There is the drama part, that’s the fictionalised narrative revolving around a typical middle-class American family, whose teenage kids are addicted to social media. The youngest daughter is Instagram obsessed, who suffers from mood fluctuations over the likes and comments on her pictures. The son, meanwhile, falls for videos of outrage and conspiracies leading to some very serious consequences. There is also a very Inside Out-inspired scenario, though darker and more frightening, involving triple roles of Mad Men‘s Vincent Kartheiser, as they control the boy’s social media schedule and activities.

Overall, The Social Dilemma is an alarming purview of how our lives are being constantly monitored and controlled without us realising that we are now being puppets of our phones. Even more alarming is the exploration of how these social media apps have managed to increase lies and hatred around us, made us turn against each other and allowed the higher powers to topple democracies.

While the experts suggest that we are heading to a very bleak future, there is still some ways to wrest our lives back from the grasp of social media giants. When the end-credits roll, these experts offer some very simple and practical tips to help loosen that grasp from your lives. Here are 11 such tips:

#1 Recognise The Problem

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Dr Anna Lembke, Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, says, “I am optimistic that we are going to figure it (solution) out. But I think it is going to take a long time. Because not everybody recognises that it is a problem.

#2 Create Massive Public Pressure

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Bailey Richardson, part of Instagram’s early team, adds “I think one of the big failures of the technology today is the real failure of leadership.” She says people aren’t coming out and having open conversations on things that aren’t just perfect. If such conversations happens, someone could come in and build something new. Tristan adds that, at the end of the day, this machine isn’t going to turn around, until there is massive public pressure, put on the governments to take control of the situation. Justin Rosenstein says the opinions need to be voiced, even through the very same technologies that needs to be voiced against.

#3 Uninstall Apps That You Don’t Use

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Rosenstein also added that it is better to uninstall needless apps from your phone. He himself has uninstalled the social media apps, news apps and others. If that doesn’t work for you, then…

#4 Turn Off Notifications

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…turn off notifications so that you really don’t want to check out your phone every moment it vibrates or pings.

#5 Use Browsers That Don’t Store Search History

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Guillaume Chaslot, Former Engineer in YouTube and CEO of Intuitive AI, prefers to use Qwant instead of Google Chrome, as the former doesn’t store search history (which, when happens, allows browsers like Chrome to track you). ‘The Social Dilemma’ on Netflix Which Talks About Evils of Social Media Has Impressed Netizens So Much That They Cannot Stop Recommending it… on Social Media!

#6 Don’t Go For Recommendations, Always Choose

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Jaron Lanier, the Founding Father of Virtual Reality Computer Scientist, suggests never go for YouTube recommendations, as not doing so allows it to take control over your preferences. Instead the decision to choose what to watch should always be on the user. As for Chrome, Chaslot added there are many extensions that help in removing recommendations.

#7 Do That Extra Google

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Fake News is a huge concern for netizens (and even others) right now, so it is necessary to make sure what you are reading is right. As per Renee Diresta, technical research manager at Stanford Internet Observatory, she advises to fact-check the news, by considering the source where the news came from and always ‘do that extra Google’ when it comes to verifying the news. Especially if the particular news is supposed to push your emotional buttons, and since you got it from your feed, it probably is.

#8 Avoid Clickbaits

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Explaining how Clickbait websites and stories with such headlines work, Rosenstein says, “Essentially, you vote with your clicks. If you click on clickbait, you’re creating a financial incentive that perpetuates this existing system.”

#9 Follow People With Opinions Different From You

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Another way to avoid getting influenced by fake news, is to follow people on social media who has a different opinion from you. This is something Cathy O’Neil, Data Scientist, suggests, as she follows people with opinions she disagree with on Twitter, so that she can have different angles for the same news.

#10 Keep Kids Away From Social Media 

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Nearly everyone suggested that kids and teengers, who are of impressionable age, should be kept away from social media. In fact, they should be kept away from smartphones itself. They mention that even the top honchos of social media apps don’t let their kids use them.

#11 Get Out of the System!

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Nearly all the ideas mentioned above are confined with using a smartphone, which has now been ingrained in our lives deeply. But if you find it difficult to follow any of the above tips but want to keep your life away from digital surveillance, then Lanier has a suggestion for you. He suggests you to delete all the social media apps and get it out of your system. For there is a beautiful world waiting for you outside!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 14, 2020 09:04 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Kaun Banega Crorepati 12: Amitabh Bachchan’s and His Quiz Show Receive Warm Welcome from Twitterati

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Kaun Banega Crorepati 12: Amitabh Bachchan's and His Quiz Show Receive Warm Welcome from Twitterati

Amitabh Bachchan is back with the new season of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The show that probably gave a new lease of life to his acting career will forever have a special place in his heart. Amitabh Bachchan’s quiz show has helped fulfil dreams of so many. Over the years, the show has managed to win a forever admirable place in our hearts and the new season guarantees the same emotions. While the host is super excited to mark this new beginning, Twitterati too are happy and delighted to welcome the new season.

Twitter is currently buzzing with one too many emotions for KBC 12. Netizens are thrilled to hear Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone voice and to be a part of this amazing journey. The show has certainly come in at the right time. While the surrounding around is depressing, be glad for the TV can be your medium of happiness. While we get back to present our review of this first episode of KBC 12, check out how Twitterverse is reacting to this new season.

Contestants Will Miss Giving Him a Hug This Year

Excited for One and Only Amitabh Bachchan

Another Admirer

Our Favourite Too

‘Adbhoot is the Word’

Let’s Keep Cheering for Him

And that’s How Things Will Slowly Get Back to Normal

That was a Revelation

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 28, 2020 11:32 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 Episode 1 Review: Amitabh Bachchan’s Quiz Show Is Off to a Great Start in The New Normal

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Amitabh Bachchan is finally back with India’s most-awaited quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati and season 12 went on with a promising start. The Sony TV show has been shot amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced the makers to undergo some changes in rules of the game which was evident. KBC 12 that aired on 9 pm tonight was audience-less for the first time which under the COVID-19 protocols. Which is also the reason why the audience poll life-line was exempted from the history of the game show and a new life-line called video-a-friend was introduced. Previous seasons had 10 contestants participating the fastest fingers first and this time it’s limited to just 8. These KBC contestants are allowed to accompany single companion with them on the sets which would be the new normal in the times of COVID-19. Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 Premiere: 6 Ways How COVID-19 Changed Amitabh Bachchan’s Quiz Show

Kaun Banega Crorepati 12’s star host Amitabh Bachchan returns to the show with great energy sharing his thoughts on the tough times of this pandemic and went on straight with the fastest fingers first question.  Aarti Jagtap was the only contestant to give the right answer in fastest fingers first round, The 20-year-old engineering student from MP who aspires to become a civil servant played wisely and made the right use of her each and every lifeline. Amitabh Bachchan welcomed her with generous claps as she sat down in the hot seat to begin the 12th edition of the popular quiz sho following social distancing, Big B introduces the show format which the same just like the previous season as contestants get 45 seconds for the first five questions and 60 seconds for the next five. lifeline, as usual, was 50-50, flip the question, ask the expert (Vikas Swarup, author of the novel Q & A, which was adapted to Danny Boyle’s oscar-winning film as Slumdog Millionaire) Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 Premiere: Amitabh Bachchan’s Quiz Show Pays Tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput Through This Question on Dil Bechara

The show just began and the second question had Big B play AR Rahman’s Dil Bechara song. the contestant was asked to guess which actress made her film debut that appears in this song and also mentions Another question asked from the entertainment beat was an image clicked at the trailer launch of Akshay Kumar’s Mission Mangal and the contestant was asked to name the real ISRO Mission’s name on which the film was based on – Mangal Yaan was the answer

Another question from Bollywood was as follows

Which actor’s film production company name has a spice to its name ?? Options were Salman Khan Saif Ali Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. The answer was obviously SRK as he owns Redchillies entertainment.

Which chemical was leaked as highly toxic gas in tragic Bhopal gas tragedy and the answer was Methyl Isocyanate Matoshri Book by Sumitra Mahajan was written on which queen? This 6.4 Lakh question was answered by Aarti Jagtap as she was on no risk The answer was Rani Ahilyabai Holkar.

This 12.5 Lakh question was the Trickiest

Hans Lippershey Dutchmen who patented the idea and not Galileo Gaileli

Congratulations Aarti Jagtap!

The next contestant who won the fastest fingers first is Sonu Kumar Gupta From Baliya UP a service technician by profession and continues playing the show on the next episode. Viewers can enjoy watching KBC 12 on the Sony TV channel from Monday to Friday at 9 pm. Audiences can also watch Amitabh Bachchan’s quiz show live on SonyLiv App or on Sonyliv.com through subscription. Jio and Airtel subscribers can also watch KBC 12 live streaming for free on Jio TV and Airtel TV app. Stay tuned for more updates on the Sony TV show.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 28, 2020 11:14 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Bharat Ratna For SP Balasubramanyam? Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy Requests PM Narendra Modi to Confer India’s Highest Civilian Honour Upon Legendary Singer

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S P Balasubrahmanyam No More! Here Are Five Unknown Facts About The Legendary Singer That You Should Always Remember

Hyderabad, September 28: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to confer India’s highest civilian honour – the Bharat Ratna – on the late S.P. Balasubramanyam for his legendary contribution to music and arts. “As a tribute to the legendary singer for his outstanding contribution in the field of music and art, I request you to confer Bharat Ratna award upon him,” wrote Reddy.

He reminded the Prime Minister that music stalwarts such as Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupen Hazarika, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Bismillah Khan and Bhimsen Joshi were also conferred with the Bharat Ratna. “This will be the highest recognition to his remarkable work which lasted for five decades and stays in our memory forever,” he said.

Justifying his request, Reddy mentioned Balasubramanyam’s familiar contribution to the arts, more than 40,000 songs in multiple languages. “He won six national film awards for best male playback singer for his work, 25 AP state Nandi awards for his work in Telugu cinema, and numerous other state awards in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,” he said, among other awards.

In 2001, Balasubramanyam was honoured with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan in 2011 by the Government of India. “Our state of AP is fortunate for being the birthplace (Nellore) of the great maestro. His untimely departure not only caused much distress to fans and celebrities living in India but also has affected the international music fraternity,” observed Reddy.

The chief minister said the doyen’s impact can be gauged by the continuous flow of tributes from music aficionados from across the world. On Sunday, former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu had also asked for a slew of recognitions and honours for the singer by the state government. Born in Nellore district of southern Andhra Pradesh, Balasubramanyam passed away on Friday at the age of 74 in a Chennai hospital.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 28, 2020 10:48 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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