The Social Dilemma review: How big tech companies use us for profit

The Social Dilemma review: How big tech companies use us for profit


Technology



29 September 2020

By Donna Lu

A man looks at his phone

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“If you’re not paying for the product, then you are the product,” goes a saying that has been around in some form or another since the 1970s. When applied to internet companies, the adage says that even though some services appear free, they make money by selling their users’ data.

It is an idea discussed at length in the new Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. The film examines the ways in which big tech companies manipulate human attention for profit.

Nothing in the film will be particularly eye-opening to anyone with even a passing interest in …

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About Jan-Henrik Johansson 79 Articles
I am a philosopher and my interest is in the many diversified cultures of mankind. In my writing I try to understand what insights mankind needs to learn in order to control climate change, to create a new paradigm for global decision making and to benefit from the opportunities of the Digital Age. I hope this site will offer insights to share. Thanks and have a very good day on our common and only planet!

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