Méfiez-vous de Netflix

Papier et point de vue intéressants de Todd Van Luling sur le Huff Post à propos de Netflix et de sa responsabilité dans la dissémination de « fake news ».

Just because individual users don’t share so-called fake news or problematic content on Netflix as they do on other platforms, that doesn’t mean Netflix isn’t offering what can also be considered “fake news” and problematic content.

Look at the myriad documentaries and docuseries Netflix adds every month, many of which make dubious claims that wouldn’t withstand scrutiny from a fact-checker. (Often, Netflix will deem new documentaries and docuseries as Originals even if it didn’t have a major role in their creation, essentially putting its stamp of approval and ownership on these dubious pieces of journalism.)

Last year, The Ringer examined the various conspiracy documentaries Netflix and its competitors hosted, including multiple films that argued 9/11 was an inside job by the U.S. government. (Netflix has since removed the most troubling examples.) Earlier this year, Slate had a follow-up that examined the less overtly insidious conspiracies Netflix has peddled, such as those involving aliens and the pyramids or powerful cults that rule the world. Many of these documentaries can still be found on the service.

Huffpost via Neatorama.

Future Shock

Basé sur le livre du même nom (écrit en 1970 par les futuristes Alvin et Heidi Toffler, Future Shock est un documentaire passionnant (et visionnaire) de 1972, réalisé par Alex Grasshoff (Young Americans) et narré par Orson Welles.

Extrait de la page Wikipedia du bouquin :

The Tofflers argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a « super-industrial society ». This change overwhelms people. He believed the accelerated rate of technological and social change left people disconnected and suffering from « shattering stress and disorientation »—future shocked. The Tofflers stated that the majority of social problems are symptoms of future shock. In their discussion of the components of such shock, they popularized the term « information overload. »

Comme une impression de déjà vu, non ?