I just watched /the social dilemma, a documentary about the software behind social media. It’s available on Netflix and a winner at Sundance. The people interviewed are the software engineers that built the engine that drives Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and others. These engineers say that they didn’t realize what they were building and regret the effects.
Unlike many documentaries that describe a problem, this one points to solutions. You might be surprised to hear the inventor of Facebook’s algorithm say that he has deleted all his social media apps. The movie also has people who understand the business side and can explain why Facebook makes more money by promoting falsehoods than distributing truth.
After watching, you’ll start thinking in terms of the “rabbit holes” that the tech media companies have developed and their demonstrated ability to bring down governments — for a fee.