“I hate that my friend always looks so good in her Instagram photos.”
“Facebook elevates social nicety to an art form.”
“As soon as you hit 1,000 likes or views, it grips you – it’s become something more.”
If any of this sounds kind of familiar, you’ll really enjoy watching a couple of comics and filmmakers commenting on the fakability of Facebook, the laziness of online dating, what happens when Twitter becomes your boyfriend, and the habit of Instagraming food.
The NFB and the Guardian launched “The Seven Digital Deadly Sins,” an interactive documentary divided into a clickable map of the seven deadly sins, with brief activities and articles grouped topically according to sin (Lust, Sloth, Wrath, Pride, Gluttony, Greed, and Envy). The doc features appearances from singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, comic Mary Walsh, novelist Gary Shteyngart, comic Josie Long, Bill Bailey, writer and filmmaker Jon Ronson and comic Ophira Eisenberg.
Here’s an example of what you can do: the “Sloth” section includes short polls about online birthday wishes and text versus talk, short articles titled “I spy on my kids” and “Serial online dating,” and Bill Bailey in a three-minute video called “Release the Snails” in which he takes a selfie with a Tortoise. It’s more than just rants. And even where there is a bit of ranting, it’s kept short (the clips are around four minutes). They’re also pretty hilarious: Ophira Eisenberg comments “I got my Twitter account verified recently, that means you get a little blue check. The internet gods are like ‘You are actually a person of note.'”
Check it out here, and turn on the sound.