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The Social Dilemma Review: Why You Should NOT Be Missing This Netflix Documentary That’s More of a Warning to Be Seriously Heeded

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The Social Dilemma Review: Why You Should NOT Be Missing This Netflix Documentary That’s More of a Warning to Be Seriously Heeded

The Social Dilemma Review: You might have been reading tweets of celebs, media personnel and influencers tweeting about The Social Dilemma. After watching this haunting documentary that is streaming on Netflix, you would also come to Twitter, Facebook and/or WhatsApp to talk about The Social Dilemma and ask your friends/followers to watch it. It’s then you would realise the sheer irony of it all – that to praise a documentary on the ills of social media, you had to come to social media to come and tell it. ‘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!

Written and directed by Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice), The Social Dilemma brings former employees of social media giants like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram who left the companies over ethical dilemmas. Joining them are PhD experts and other conscientious tech experts. They are given the platform to talk about how social media has moved from entertaining us to influencing us and is now in the set path to destroying us.

Primary among the speakers is Tristan Harris, former Google design ethicist, who is now the co-founder of Center for Humane Technology. Tristan reveals how when he used to work in Google, he had sent an email asking his colleagues to contemplate over the ethical dilemma over making Gmail so addictive to its users. His proposal became viral within his company, and even reached the top level. Many talked about it. I was reminded of a similar scene in Jerry Maguire, where a titular protagonist, a sports agent, faced similar prick of conscience, and wrote a long email on the ethicality of what they are doing.

Unlike Jerry Maguire, though, who loses his job, Tristan’s email was conveniently forgotten a few days later, as people returned to their smartphones. This made him to get to start Center for Humane Technology, that gets social media giants to be more responsible when it comes to user addiction.

Harris, along with other speakers in the documentary, including fellow co-founder Center for Humane Technology Aza Raskin and former Facebook employee Justin Rosenstein, gives many eye-opening and mind-shattering revelations of how these apps work and control you. Some of those, you might have already known is wary; some, you know but have disregarded, and some, you were completely oblivious. Facebook India Official Stopped Action Against BJP Leaders’ Hate Speeches Citing Business Reasons, Says WSJ Report.

These former employees claim that sites like Facebook and Twitter were created with the best of interests. Like for example, Rosenstein, who gets the most hard-hitting closing speech of all in the documentary, is responsible for creating the ‘Like’ button on Facebook. He said that the button was put there to spread positivity, but now we all know what’s it used for.

We get to see how apps like Instagram can actually put impressionable teenagers into depression by making them body conscious. We also get to hear how Facebook and Twitter make their AI actually make you dance to their tunes.

Think you control your usage of Facebook? You are wrong. Try resisting the urge to check your phone when that notification tone rings. Like Akshay Kumar says in Ajnabee, ‘Everything is planned.’ The insights into surveillance capitalism and data mining are terrifying to say the least.

Have you realised that conspiracy theorists are getting way too much platform to speak on? Well, you know who to blame here. Taking the example of Flat-Earthers, The Social Dilemma tells us how such videos get pushed on Facebook and YouTube if the user ever had been searching for them even once.

Watch the Trailer of The Social Dilemma here:

The documentary goes beyond highlighting the rise of conspiracy theorists to troubling psychological implications on social media users’ psyche. It talks about something far more dangerous – the advent of hate news and fake news, and how the higher powers are using them to systematically demolish democracies across the world. The Rohingya massacre, earlier covered in shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, is a primary result of how propaganda spread through Facebook can result in massacre of millions.

Most of the incriminating incidents covered in The Social Dilemma pertain to around The States, Russia and Europe. There is a fleeting mention of Muslims being lynched in India due to rise of fake news. But even without the cursory mentions, it is not difficult to dot the i’s and cross the t’s when it comes to how social media has influence a whole lot of what’s happening in India. IT Cell, anyone?

Parallel to these interviews, there is also a fictionalised narrative of a suburban family, whose most of the members are addicted to social media and how they affect each of them adversely. This part, starring Booksmart‘s Skyler Gisondo, Moonrise Kingdom‘s Kara Hayward and Mad Men‘s Vincent Kartheiser, feels like a darker take on Disney’s Inside Out, that tries to summarise the point of the documentary. As if the interviews weren’t scary enough!

As things conclude, the interviewees do offer tips and suggestions to lessen the hold of social media over us. But the tone in their words suggest that they won’t help, unless the awareness is spread across the masses. Otherwise, be prepared for a very bleak ending, that could come to us as nearer as in 20 years!

Final Thoughts

Another bit of irony – The Social Dilemma is streaming on a platform, Netflix, that itself runs around user-focused algorithms. But that shouldn’t stop you watching this hard-hitting documentary, that is both eye-opening and terrifying at the same time. Don’t say you have not been warned!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 14, 2020 01:59 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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When Karisma Kapoor Had That Red Lip, Classy Saree, Gold Jewellery Vibe Going On for Her in London!

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Karisma Kapoor

There is a reason why Karishma Kapoor is counted amongst the sartorial stunners of tinsel town! Firstly, she has come a long way from the garish 90s on-screen fashion to retaining a fine off-screen fashion arsenal. Innate style is a rarity even in the fashion riddled tinsel town and Karisma has clearly figured out a signature style coupled with a beauty game that suits her petite frame with occasional experimentations also being up to her alley. As much at ease with bold silhouettes, unusual fabrics and flattering cuts as with lucid ones, she personally describes her own style as classic chic and we love how Karisma Kapoor’s ladylike choices keep us engaged. A throwback style of Karisma’s featuring an Anavila M crimson creation all the way from London caught our attention. The saree, in all its finery, was accompanied by bold and befitting red lips, gold jewellery and an unmissable elegant charm.

A red saree is a wardrobe must-have for almost any festive occasion. An infallible hue that stands out, the quote of there being a shade of red for every woman is true and here’s a closer look at Karisma’s crimson hue! Karisma Kapoor Shows Us Why Wearing Florals Is Always a Chic Idea!

Karisma Kapoor – Crimson Chicness

A linen saree in the festive crimson hue by Anavila M worth Rs. 24,000 teamed up with a half-sleeved blouse. Gold-toned jewellery featuring bangles, earrings upped the look. Red lips, and a soft pulled back hairdo completed her look. When Karisma Kapoor Went Shimmer, Shine, Slay Mode Chic in Balmain!

Karisma Kapoor

Karisma Kapoor (Photo Credits: Instagram)

On the professional front, Karisma was last seen in Mentalhood, a contemporary web series created by Ekta Kapoor and produced by Rupali Guha for the online streaming platform ALT Balaji is also available on ZEE5. The web series also featured Sanjay Suri, Sandhya Mridul, Shilpa Shukla and Shruti Seth. The series paid an ode to the multitasking nature of different types of mothers and their ways in the best upbringing of their children.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 23, 2020 10:45 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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TIME 100 Most Influential People 2020: Ayushmann Khurrana Is The Only Indian Actor To Make It To The TIME’s 100 List This Year!

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TIME 100 Most Influential People 2020: Ayushmann Khurrana Is The Only Indian Actor To Make It To The TIME’s 100 List This Year!

TIME 100 Most Influential People 2020 list is out and the much talented Ayushmann Khurrana is the only Indian actor to make it to this prestigious list. Yes, he is among those many other artists who have been featured as one of the 100 most Influential People of this year. The Bollywood actor shared this good news across social media platforms by saying, “TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world is out, I’m honored to be a part of this group”. 2018 Time 100: Virat Kohli, Deepika Padukone, Bhavish Aggarwal & Satya Nadella in ‘List of Most Influential’.

The list of influential people includes artists from the entertainment industry, extraordinary, lesser-known individuals, pioneers, activists, among others. The artists who have been featured among the influential people this year includes The Weekend, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Jennifer Hudson, Michael B Jordan, Ali Wong, Bong Joon Ho, among others. Among the political leaders who have been featured in this list are Narendra Modi, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and many others.

Ayushmann Khurrana In TIME 100 Most Influential People 2020

Deepika Padukone, who was featured in the 2018 list of TIME 100 Most Influential People, penned a tribute to Ayushmann Khurrna. She mentioned, “I remember Ayushmann Khurrana vividly from his debut film, Vicky Donor. He had, of course, been a part of the entertainment industry in various other ways for several years before that, but the reason you and I talk about him today is because of the impact he has been able to create through memorable films and iconic characters. Where male protagonist roles often fall into the trap of stereotypical masculinity, Ayushmann has successfully and convincingly transformed into characters who challenge those very stereotypes.”

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 23, 2020 09:24 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Kareena Kapoor Khan Flaunting a Pink State of Mind Is Happiness Galore!

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We believe that our week seems incomplete without the mention of our perennial #GirlCrush Kareena Kapoor Khan! Well, for starters, looking glamorous is an intangible part of her glorious resume as also acing the art of having it all. All things classy and fabulous is what her larger than life closet looks like. For instance, the second time mommy-to-be took to flaunting a pretty pink voluminous flared dress by Faze. Glowing and in the pink of her heath with that blossoming bump, Kareena was snapped exiting a suburban studio. Juggling work with motherhood right from her firstborn, Taimur Ali Khan, Kareena’s resilience in championing the cause of working mothers is noteworthy. On the fashion front, Kareena loves to regale us with her exceptional style play. Fashion need not be expensive, a personal sense of style is what sets her apart – giving us the masterclass to seamlessly blend in luxurious classic international labels and home-grown ones, striking a chord with us and how!

Right from nailing a basic travel look to oozing sass on the runway, there is no style that Kareena Kapoor Khan cannot attempt and ace as well! Here is a closer look at her pinkalicious moment. Kareena Kapoor Steps Out in a Stylish White Outfit and Then a Comfy Blue Jumpsuit.

Kareena Kapoor Khan – Pink and Fabulous

A high-neck pleated voluminous dress by Faze with a waist belt was teamed up with a low bun and subtle glam. Kareena Kapoor Khan As the Elegant Reynu Taandon Muse Demands Your Attention RIGHT NOW!

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Faze

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Faze (Photo Credits: Instagram)

On the professional front, Kareena was seen as Deepti Batra in Good Newwz with Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh and in Homi Adajania’s Angrezi Medium with Irrfan Khan and Radhika Madan. She will be seen in the official remake of Forest Gump, Laal Singh Chaddha with Aamir Khan.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 23, 2020 10:00 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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