The Social Dilemma

BLM 101: Netflix Doc ‘The Social Dilemma’ Might Cure Athletes Of Their Fake News Addiction
by Jason Whitlock

We have our first homework assignment for BLM 101, the online class educating athletes on the destructive impact and true agenda of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Everyone needs to watch “The Social Dilemma,” the 90-minute Netflix documentary that explains how Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and pretty much all the social media companies are being used to create the polarization and division destroying America.

The words “black lives matter” are never spoken in the doc. But any smart viewer will make the connection between BLM and the manipulation discussed in the documentary, which features about a dozen former high-end Big Tech developers, engineers and executives.

The point of the documentary is that social media, particularly Facebook, Twitter and Google, are chasing profits by assaulting democracy and truth on a global scale. The apps are rigged to influence users’ behavior and worldview.

“We’ve put deceit and sneakiness at the absolute center of everything we do,” said Jaron Lanier, the founding father of Virtual Reality.

“We’ve moved away from having a tools-based technology environment to  an addiction and manipulation-based technology environment,” said Tristan Harris, the former Design Ethicist for Google.

Another critic in the documentary summarized social media this way: “It biases toward false information. Not because we want to, but because false information makes the companies more money than the truth. The truth is boring. It’s disinformation for profit.”

“The Social Dilemma” primarily addressed misinformation spread about COVID-19. I kept waiting for the doc to mention BLM. It alluded to the violent unrest sweeping America with visuals of protests, police confrontations with protestors and scenes of rioting.

But I understand why director Jeff Orlowski didn’t explicitly address BLM.

1) The doc aired on one of the primary promoters of the BLM narrative, Netflix, which has produced a boatload of films stirring black-white racial division.
2) A discussion of BLM would’ve overshadowed any other point Orlowski was trying to make with his film.
3) Orlowski would be branded as racist.

So viewers have to fill in the BLM blanks by themselves. You don’t need to be very smart to do so.

There’s no greater example of social media’s destructive impact than the “Black Lives Matter” narrative. Twitter has allowed Shaun King to pass himself off as a black man and racial justice leader for nearly a decade.

Twitter has convinced LeBron James that a dozen or so violent encounters between white police officers/white people and black men is proof that black men are hunted every day. Social media’s rigged algorithms prevent James from seeing or comprehending that every year more black men kill white men than the reverse.

“The Social Dilemma” artfully explains the echo chambers of misinformation users are prompted to build and how likes, retweets and followers convince users of truths that are actually lies.

James’ tweet stating that black men are “literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” has received 368,000 likes and 120,000 retweets.

Why wouldn’t James believe he stated an undeniable truth?

He’s addicted to social media. “The Social Dilemma” points out that there are two groups of “users” — drug users and social media users.

We need a “Social Media War” more than we need a “Drug War.” The Silicon Valley cartels are destroying democracy and America.

There is no pandemic of law enforcement killing black men. Social media created the “black, unarmed man” false reality. It’s nearly impossible to be killed by law enforcement.

Social media replaced facts, research and data with anecdotes. Facts, research and data prove beyond a reasonable doubt that what happened to Tamir Rice was a tragic accident, not proof of a diabolical genocide.

The “crack heads” of Social Media reside in the mainstream media. Don Lemon and Jemele Hill are Bubbles, the fictional heroin addict on The Wire.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey are Avon Barksdale and Marlo Stanfield, the kingpins of “Fake News” dope. LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick are “Bodie and Poot”, street soldiers selling BLM on NBA and NFL corners.

Watch “The Social Dilemma.” The analogies will all make sense. Share the link to this session of BLM 101 with your favorite athlete, and ask him or her to watch the full documentary “Social Dilemma.”

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