Tristan Harris And “The Social Dilemma:” Big Ideas To Fix Our Social Media Ills

Somehow, it figures that an online media and technology conference would be dogged by tech problems when its opening keynote featured social-media critic Tristan Harris. But that’s exactly what happened in today’s NYC Media Lab Summit, which eventually opened with Harris’ truncated conversation about hit Netflix
documentary The Social Dilemma, followed by a panel of tech-sector and journalism critics discussing “Big Ideas” to fix both industries.

“So this is ironic on a whole bunch of levels,” said host Steve Rosenbaum, managing director of the NYC Media Lab, after the Harris talk finally started 20 minutes late.

Harris, head of the Center for Humane Technology and a former Google
design ethicist, has become a prominent critic of the ways social-media companies harvest and profit from user data, abuse their market power, and encourage self-reinforcing information bubbles that lead to extremist positions.

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Facebook calls Netflix documentary ‘The Social Dilemma’ sensationalist

  • Facebook released a blog post on Friday attacking the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma.”
  • Facebook said the film buries nuanced discussion in “sensationalism” and uses social media platforms as a scapegoat for complex societal problems like political polarization.
  • Oxford University psychologist Prof. Andrew Przybylski told Business Insider he broadly agreed with Facebook’s argument.
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Facebook is taking on a Netflix documentary about the dark side of social media, saying it buries the truth in sensationalism.

“The Social Dilemma” started streaming on Netflix on September 9, and Facebook put out a blog post on Friday addressing the film. “We should have conversations about the impact of social media on our lives. But ‘The Social Dilemma’ buries the substance in sensationalism,” Facebook writes.

“Rather than offer a nuanced look at technology, it gives a distorted view of how social media platforms work to create a convenient

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Google’s Pixel 5 dilemma: How to emerge from the smartphone shadows

Every fall. Google hopes to make a splash with its latest Pixel phone, and every fall, the same thing inevitably happens. No matter how good the Pixel turns out to be — and recent models have certainly impressed — it fails to distinguish itself from the other flagship phones looking to steal some of the thunder enjoyed by Samsung and Apple.

With the Pixel 5, which is expected to debut this Wednesday (Sept. 30) during an online event, Google seems to be taking another tack, at least according to rumors about the upcoming phone. Instead of trying to match phones like the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 feature for feature, the Pixel 5 may not even try to win a specs showdown.

Consider this: The leading Android smartphones to come out this year have all opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 system-on-chip, if not the Snapdragon 865 Plus variant. The

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