What was the last documentary you watched?

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THE SOCIAL DILEMMA (2020, Netflix)

I'm not much of a social media user -- I have an obligatory Facebook account I rarely look at, I use Instagram casually and Twitter passively -- but I was surprised at how uneasy this documentary made me. I was of the vague belief that social media platforms are tools, not unlike the telephone, and that any problems that arise are due to how people use them. This documentary demolished that, given how deeply these platforms are designed to be manipulative and addictive. If the documentary was focused on "experts" and academics, I might have dismissed it as alarmism; but when the very people who designed these tools talk about how dangerous they are, it's hard not to take it seriously.

I immediately turned of notifications of nearly every app on my phone.
 
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Queen Victoria and the Crippled Kaiser.

Queen Victoria’s Children


Queen Victoria really scares me now. Wishing the eldest of her sons to die before her. The jealousy. The comparing childbirth to being like a cow. The attempts to overly control her children and bind them to her and their attempts to escape from her. And her constant picking at perceived faults in her children. The corrective childhood treatments given to Kaiser Wilhelm also scare me. Walking around with half a dead hare strapped to his arm. And with a support rod up his back for two years.
 

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THE SOCIAL DILEMMA (2020, Netflix)

I'm not much of a social media user -- I have an obligatory Facebook account I rarely look at, I use Instagram casually and Twitter passively -- but I was surprised at how uneasy this documentary made me. I was of the vague belief that social media platforms are tools, not unlike the telephone, and that any problems that arise are due to how people use them. This documentary demolished that, given how deeply these platforms are designed to be manipulative and addictive. If the documentary was focused on "experts" and academics, I might have dismissed it as alarmism; but when the very people who designed these tools talk about how dangerous they are, it's hard not to take it seriously.

I immediately turned of notifications of nearly every app on my phone.

I had a really quite intense argument with a close friend last year over his mobile phone usage while we were on holiday. It was somewhere we'd never been and he spent the majority of it, checking on other people's lives on facebook or sending messages to other people. We came to blows over it and he told me he had no intention of giving up his thing. I won't go anywhere with him again until he realises as having ruled out he wasn't just 'bored', I told him how it made me feel and that it is incredibly rude. I find it very sad that people aren't looking at the world around them, and missing the likes of beautiful scenery and really fun things, just to check into what everyone else is doing on facebook. It's maddening.
 

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The last documentary I watched was The Last Dance, which I have to say was one of the most inspirational things I’ve ever seen in my life. Love him or hate him, I’ve never seen a person more driven than Michael Jordan. For anyone who says they can’t do something, or if ur having trouble motivating urself to do something, my advice is watch this documentary.
 

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Very interesting account of his life with the Style Council


 

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With The Crown currently on Netflix they also have a host of Diana related documentaries. Watched this last night and it's an absolutely fascinating first hand account of what Diana was going through behind the scenes during some of the most memorable events of her life. Going from a shy 19 year old, who'd never even had a boyfriend, to being Princess of Wales and the most photographed woman in the world, you can certainly understand why she was so troubled and became bulimic.

 

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I had planned to watch this part of The Crown, but with so much original and interesting footage available (as opposed to, say, Cleopatra) I figured I didn't really need to see the dramatized version. They can soap it up all they want but to me it'd still feel like a watered-down and unnecessary interpretation.
 

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I had planned to watch this part of The Crown, but with so much original and interesting footage available (as opposed to, say, Cleopatra) I figured I didn't really need to see the dramatized version. They can soap it up all they want but to me it'd still feel like a watered-down and unnecessary interpretation.

I have similar feelings about watching The Crown. They take a lot of liberties with what may or may not have actually happened and it's easy for it to get ingrained in your head that that's the way it went down, when it's probably not.
 

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Yes, and if that would happen in a Cleopatra story then I wouldn't need to believe it, because nobody could possibly remember the how's and what's.
They take a lot of liberties with what may or may not have actually happened
And that's the strange part because the reality is already interesting enough. I don't understand this need to alter or enhance the narrative.
 
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