It’s a fucking good movie about our behaviors online and the digital footprint we leave. It’s shown entirely from a computer screen and the story is wrapped around the search for a missing person.
In the movie intro, we see the first 14 years play out in 10 minutes with home videos and photos, saved in perfectly titled folders like 1st piano lesson or 1st day in Year 1, search items for certain illnesses, calendars and emails.
But when the daughter of the family goes missing and the father starts looking into her Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat and YouCast accounts, he starts to realize that he didn’t really know his daughter.
He even thought his brother was having an affair with his daughter based on text messages he read that said “please don’t tell my dad, he will kill us.”
But what that text messages didn’t say was how she was buying weed from her uncle. Without context, a lot of bad decisions can be made.
And the father has no idea with whom his daughter is communicating with.
Is that social media person communicating with your child real or an avatar for a sicko hiding behind a fake photo and fake profile?
And when he makes contact with her Facebook friends to see if they know where she is, they all tell him they didn’t really know her, have never hung out with her and wouldn’t have a clue about her whereabouts, but when her disappearance made TV news, guess what, all of these Facebook friends suddenly had posts up that said stuff like “she’s my best friend”, “we did everything together” and other crap like that, so their online social status increases.
Sort of like that Black Mirror episode about people having social media scores which gave them access to better things like applying for higher paid jobs or apartments. When their score reached a certain level, suddenly people with similar scores will contact them so they could all hang out and press like to their posts and increase their scores. Because the higher score like carries more weight than a lower score like.
And the Chinese Government thought this was a good idea and adopted this score system.
It’s a scary world when the great enabler the Internet is meant to be is used against you to determine what you are worth.