TECHNOLOGY: During the Sundance film festival and at the Berlin, several films with technology were shown as a central part of the action. What does technology do with us?

Published: 2020-03-06
Saudi Runaway

Susanne Regina Meures (2020)

The role of technology in our lives and in the creative (film) process served as both backdrop and narrative in several films during this year's Sundance festival. No wonder, after all, we're writing 2020, and a mobile phone can act as a movie camera. But what role does mobile and other electronic duplicates have in daily life? And what about the consequences of our dependence on these "aids"? Are we able to enjoy the technology while taking care not to use it too much? Two films offer useful insights into how we can achieve a balance.

The Social Dilemma

Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma is a movie I went to watch with an agnostic starting point. It seemed interesting enough, but I didn't expect it to make any special impression


Soon, however, I was both captivated and engrossed. Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice) is directed, and the film is a powerful warning of the dangers of using social media and the risks of a community engagement (or lack of ditto) as a result of the desire for acceptance and the need for affiliation.

The technological innovators recognize that they have created a monster and they want us to
(users) should wake up before it's too late.

The good conversations disappear, and we have had a flurry of fake news. The film also addresses this, and its significance for democracy, presented in a historical line highlighted by the sorcerers of Silicon Valley who created the social media platforms. Even the developer who helped create Facebook's "Like" button is included. The technological innovators acknowledge that they have created a monster, and they want us (the users) to wake up before it's too late. Are we going to do that?

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The film is a call to action regarding the many dangers of technology, but it is also a counterpoint to Saudi Runaway , which highlights the changing power of technology.

Saudi Runaway

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