“How can we prevent ourselves from getting lost in the funhouse?” Filmmaker and speaker Kirby Ferguson looks at how the barrage of social media and other information sources can affect our perception of what is real, and how you can use your instincts and critical thinking to reduce your chances of being manipulated.
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Chris Cousins‘ animated short film uses imagery of endlessly churned-out drugs as an analogy for the addictive – and potentially harmful nature of social media. Seriously, how did something that delivers cat videos become a vehicle for manipulating global politics and distributing hate?
Screen Junkies smacks down Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher’s film about the world’s largest social network, which apparently was started by some of the most antisocial people on the planet. Er wait, is this entire movie Fake News? Time to rework the algorithm.
(PG-13: Language) CollegeHumor roasts the trend of Facebook pages who freeboot videos, then wrap them in text which attempts to explain what’s going on. We understand that Facebook gives bonus points to anything that nabs video views, but damn, it’s annoying.
Here’s a glimpse at what it’s like to be famous. Or at least, Instagram famous. Dutch soccer player Demy de Zeeuw runs a football-themed Instagram account with 8 million followers. Here’s how that mob responds when he posts an update. Time to disable notifications.
The folks behind the fantastic YouTube channel Kurzgesagt present yet another argument about how Facebook encourages a culture of content theft against original creators, where pirates duplicate videos, and get huge traffic from Facebook’s skewed video sharing algorithm.
(PG-13) FrinterGarden’s latest effort is the result of meticulously scouring through the darkest corners of the Twitterverse to (sort of) phonetically replicate the lyrics (and musical notes) of a song using only the names of Twitter users. More puntastic fun here.