Netflix film dissects a technology-driven ‘social dilemma’

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This image released by Netflix shows Tristan Harris in a scene from “The Social Dilemma.” (Netflix via AP)

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A new Netflix documentary sets out to expose technology’s corrosive effects on society during a pandemic that’s left people more dependent than ever on tools that keep them connected with friends, family and colleagues they can no longer meet in person.

So the timing for Wednesday’s release of “The Social Dilemma” might strike some viewers as odd.

But its makers aim to give you a better sense of why the pandemic isn’t the only reason it feels like we’re stuck in a dystopian nightmare.

The film makes a compelling case that Silicon Valley’s one-two punch of smartphones and attention-grabbing algorithms has left people reeling.

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