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Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it

Cool Hunting, Movies

The Social Dilemma.

I don’t have my phone on me (by blogging I’m choosing to refocus and banish my separation anxiety). If you supposed this is because I watched The Social Dilemma last night, you’d be veracious in your supposition. (Although maybe the title of this post might have given it away)

I recently re-installed Instagram on my phone, my only ‘social media’ app, but I have long since weaned myself off the other modern plagues (Twitter, Facebook etc).

I felt I needed at least one ‘medium’ where I could… well… stalk my exes. And also portray my perfectly curated and filtered life (incase my exes were inclined to stalk me back). Instagram ticks some very important psychological boxes for me.

Also, I turned off all notifications ages ago and I’ve seriously limited the number of apps on my phone.

So really, I’ve felt that I’ve mostly got a handle on my addiction. (Ha, ha)

The rest of y’all are completely #@&*$ though.

Still, despite all my protestations, the Social Dilemma freaked me out. I don’t normally watch the documentaries ‘of the moment’, because, well… I’m too ‘hipster’ for the trending discourses that occur around the water-cooler. (I still haven’t watched Tiger King). And I’ve been, if not an adherent then certainly a keen appreciator of Tristan Harris for ages now. (which makes me feel smug in a knowledgeable insider kinda way)

Also, if you still haven’t been convinced that Mark Zuckerberg is basically Satan (I spent an unreasonable amount of time thinking about whether Satan is capitalized or not), this film has definitely cemented this notion in my mind.

You know Facebook owns Instagram right Jo?

Yeah… I mean you gotta give the devil his due. And besides I have enough hubris to imagine that I can come out a head in any deal with Mephistopheles.

*queues up ‘the Devil went down to Georgia’ on Spotify*

(the Charlie Daniels Band version)

I think what affected me most was how that age category of ten to sixteen is influenced by social media. Something I’d never given any consideration.

I wasn’t always this cool. Ha ha ha ha. *snort*

But going through all that teenage angst with the added millstone of social media around your neck must be hell on earth. Kids can be vicious psychopaths. In the 90’s the tools to wage psychological warfare on each other was limited, but we could still bloody each other up. Now… it certainly feels like the gloves have come off.

How do you protect your sperm-ovum combo’s from that onslaught?

I mean they don’t even have Nirvana, Doc Martins and Flannel shirts to take solace in. Modernity is just awful.

On the plus side, we now have UberEats and Amazon. Which is basically the pinnacle of societal evolution. Seriously, the only thing that can make this better is a drone delivery of (pineapple and avocado topped) pizza directly to my couch. Although the constant hum of drones zipping over my domicile will undoubtedly make me yearn for the good old days when we had to… gather berries and hunt wooly mammoths.

The only glaring discordance I had with this film, and one that made me feel seriously uncomfortable throughout, is that Tristan Harris is a ginger! (I had only ever listened to audio of him before this) Which might invalidate the entire message of The Social Dilemma. Gingers are notoriously untrustworthy.

And also the eaters of souls.




  1. SnapDragon X.


    Haha. There are so many things I love about this post, Jo.
    1. “I’m too ‘hipster’ for the trending discourses that occur around the water-cooler.” This miiiight have to be put on a tee shirt and sold for an exorbitant price.
    2. I came close to watching The Social Dilemma, but my husband thought better of it. I have serious paranoia issues sometimes.
    3. Pineapple and avocado pizza?! Why have I never had this?

    1. Jo


      Lol. Thanks! I thought pineapple and avocado made me some sort of a pariah in the pizza-eating community… someone who must be shunned.

      My wife is even more savage though. She’ll eat her pizza with mayonnaise. *shudder* I’m not willing to go down that particular path to darkness. I feel theres no redemption from some acts.

      You should definitely watch Social Dilemma. Embrace the paranoia!!

      1. SnapDragon X.


        Haha. I will definitely watch it when I’m feeling extra… NOT anxious. So, is the pizza with red sauce? I need to know the details, yo! 😎

      2. Jo


        Red Sauce makes everything better doesn’t it?

        Except… eyedrops… and… lube. And… nose spray.

        But besides that, EVERYTHING!!!

      3. SnapDragon X.



  2. Professor Taboo


    I painfully miss my cell phone from 2002!!! 😭 All I needed from it then was texting and talking LIVE with family, friends, and “fun” women. That’s it! No more. I am a Minimalist!!! I love being a Minimalist—a lot less stress, hypertension, and enslavement! 😁 Plus, I only had to charge the battery about every 3rd or 4th day at the earliest!

    By 2004 my phone provider at the time no longer supported that simple phone. I had no choice but to upgrade to a much more sleak, stylish, FLATTER phone with triple-the-features! 😮 Oooooooo! Wowza! I never used all those extra bells-n-whistles because by 2007 I needed a NEWER, fancier phone, with triple-the-features again… just charge the battery every other day now!!! 😮 Oooooooo! Wowza! But DAMN IT! I never got to use those exponentially tripled features in those 3-years cuz by 2010… yep, you guessed it. My phone was outdated. During each of these “required upgrades” I notice that the price of the phone (not the service) goes up by $20–$50.

    Then son of a bat-sheet crazies, by 2013 that phone was outdated and I had no choice but to upgrade to a much more sleaker, stylish-er, FLATTER-ER phone with triple-the-features from tripled years ago! 😮 Oooooooo! Wowza! It was the faster, cooler 3G phone too! Oooooo. The downside? Now I had to charge the battery at least once a day, sometimes TWICE a day! 😠 I’ve also noticed how slower the OS’s are getting with each “newer fangled” phones. Is that perhaps because they are doing so much in the background, behind the curtains? 🤔 Well sheets-n-giggles!!! Before I could learn basics about my newer, better phone… guess what? It’s 2016 and apparently I am way behind the public trend of the newest, fastest 4G phones with quadruple-the-features!!! 😮 Oooooooo! Wowza! Ummmm, one other thing… I must charge this phone at least 2-3 times per day!

    Yep, you guessed it Jo. Today Google owns my ass and both my children! My “newest” phone—that I refuse to make 5G—does everything thru Google. If I want to turn off the 100’s of running apps, then Google basically shuts me down. I can’t function the phone basics because “Google needs access to…” this, or that. Now I constantly get Google requests asking NON-STOP for my feedback of where I have just been or where I went to the other day!!! OH, BY THE WAY!!! I must charge my phone a minimum of 3-times per day. 😡🤬

    Jo, I have now developed a very SERIOUS aversion to all technology!!! Could you ever guess why? Yes, it demands way too much of my valuable time to just MAINTAIN the damn devices!!! And how many updates do these huge tech corporations send out/make where the Terms of Service requires 1-2 hours of free-time to read? And how many times must I update and/or read what new Settings I want for my privacy!??? Hell, WHAT privacy? If I turn off 4-5 apps Google will not allow me to do very basic functions!!!

    I must stop here Jo. My blood-pressure is going way too high too fast. 😵🥴

    1. Jo


      Lol. As if by some weird… or maybe not so weird provenance, your comment was moved to my spam folder. The technological overlords have noted your descent… and are taking it personally.

      I also miss the days of the indestructible Nokia… 3310. That phone survived many a mosh-pit. Ha ha

      I don’t know. Technology is getting scary out of control… and now with the Deep Fakes well on their way I feel we are all going to be losing our minds (even more)

  3. crustytuna


    I watched this, and it only confirmed that big brother is indeed watching, only big brother is a runaway computer algorithm. Oh well?
    I worry too about the sperm-ovum combos… this is uncharted territory. My first combo has taken to calling the 2nd gen ipod touch I gave her (found tucked away in a cupboard) her “device”.
    And MAYO?? Sorcery. Might have to give the avo a go though.

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