In recent years, social media platforms have presented a different vision of the future: digital dystopia.
As seen in The Social Dilemma, a new Netflix documentary, these platforms are now intense battlegrounds where misinformation is elevated and partisan division is deepened. At the root of the problem, says director Jeff Orlowski and the many former tech executives he interviews, is a business model that feeds on attention and prioritizes shareholder value.
For this week’s episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, Orlowski discusses his documentary, how his work covering the climate crisis has helped him navigate this social crisis and what he believes must be done to save our society.
Plus, Crosscut reporter Melissa Santos tells us how a conspiracy cult flourishing on social media has infiltrated electoral politics in Washington state.