The Great Hack

“How has seen an advertisement that has convinced you that your microphone is listening to your conversations?”  That question, which garnered a room full of raised hands, kicks off the trailer for the new Netflix documentary ‘The Great Hack’, a film that will make you even more paranoid than you already are about Big Brother watching us.

Like the residents of ‘The Matrix’, we all know that our personal data, social security numbers, credit card numbers, likes and dislikes is being monitored, but this documentary shows us to what extent, and it’s pretty terrifying.  As some of the participants state, this information is being “weaponized.”


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Here is the description of ‘The Great Hack’ from Netflix:

Explore how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Here is another description:

Updated from its Sundance debut in a new cut featuring additional interviews and footage, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation, offering astounding access to the personal journeys of key players in the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. Award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim (The Square, Control Room, continue their tradition of exploring the seismic ripples of social media with this riveting, complex film.

Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily. What do we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age?

Check out the trailer below:

Documentaries aren’t often considered mainstream entertainment, but earlier this year, Netflix scored a massive hit with ‘Fyre’ about the doomed Fyre Festival.  This became a rare documentary must-see, even with Hulu releasing a competing doc at the same time, ‘Fyre Fraud’.

Based on this trailer, ‘The Great Hack’ seems to have the makings of another must-see event.

It arrives on Netflix on July 24, and will also be released in a few select theaters.


Source: /Film