We use technology every day, everywhere. On mobile phones, computers, robot vacuum cleaners. Social networks, video games and all types of software are the reason for continuous research, for documentaries that tell us about their progress. How technology or social networks affect us, how we live glued to a screen and what are its advantages but also its problems.
Whatever the topic that interests you, these documentaries explore the importance of the Internet in our lives and our daily lives. The Internet gives us infinite possibilities to be better but it is also capable of, without control, bringing out the worst in us.
Free to play
How do you experience a World Cup or international video game championship? This one hour and 15 minute documentary follow three professional gamers in their daily lives in a competition in which a prize will mean winning one million dollars. The concentration, the preparation, the dedication, the rivalry. Statements from international gamers or how complicated it can be to be a professional player or make a living from it. It is not an original Netflix documentary and it is from 2014 but it arrived on the platform in April 2021 and allows us to immerse ourselves fully in the gamer world.
The network dilemma
One of the most successful technology documentaries on Netflix is The Network Dilemma. As its name indicates, the documentary addresses the danger of social networks or the risks they entail. In a single episode of about ninety minutes, he talks to experts who warn about tools that they themselves have created since we will find former employees of Facebook and other websites that we use every day. For many it may be something “exaggerated” but it is one of the most popular documentaries on Netflix in this area, released in 2020 and which surprised thousands of people. A good documentary to teach teenagers or to raise awareness about Internet use
Not all of us have Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok but the world of influencers is a very interesting field for many people, curious about how they do it, how they achieve it, how far they can go. That is what this documentary film, Follow Me, seeks to tell. One of the best technology documentaries on Netflix that allows get fully into the world of likes, followers, the money they get or how they get it. This increasingly common economy is presented here in an hour and a half documentary in which Asri Bendacha is the director and protagonist. The purpose is simple: will try to become one of them to find out how it’s donehow they try to exploit your name or how brands bet on them to promote all types of products or destinations. A fun and interesting vision if you want to know how the world of influencers works, although most of the faces are not very well known in our country since it is filmed in Dubai.
The great hack
Privacy on social networks is usually one of our biggest concerns and they do not always (almost never, in fact) take care of our data as they should. The Great Netflix Hack is a documentary that analyzes what What happened with the Cambridge Analytics scandal? in which he discovered that Facebook had collected data from more than 80 profiles for political purposes. Although the axis of the story is this case, the documentary above all seeks to show how much data social networks are capable of collecting, to what extent we can put our private life in the hands of anyone.
The dark side of social networks in one of the platform’s essentials that you can see in two hours and that focuses on Cambridge Analytica (and its relationship with Brexit or the 2016 presidential elections) but that deals with the topic from a global privacy and security perspective. To do this, it has experts or related people, such as the case of a former employee of the company or Professor David Caroll, who sued Cambridge Analytica and who will tell his version of the events or the reasons that led him to do so.
Don’t even touch the cats.
One of the best technology documentaries on Netflix is also one of the best investigation and murder documentaries on the platform, one of the essentials that we must see if we are looking for content totally different from what we are used to. It managed to hook millions of people since its premiere and shows us how technology and the people behind social networks are capable of investigating every detail of someone to the point of discovering who is hiding behind an anonymous profile.
It is a true story despite the implausibility of the story: a video of a young man murdering some cats goes viral on the Internet. He himself has uploaded it but without showing his identity. After going viral, a group of people connected to each other on Facebook They decide to find the culprit of the atrocity and track him down. They will be pulling a thread through a search that becomes more complicated than we ever expected. From boredom or the “gossip” of some people on Facebook, it becomes a real investigation of crimes, persecution between countries or an investigation of which we will not reveal any more details so that you can enjoy the miniseries.