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People are throwing their phones away after watching Netflix’s new documentary about social media

This programme is creepy…

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A new Netflix documentary about big data and social media has got people throwing their phones out to avoid technology.

The programme on Netflix is a documentary-drama hybrid that looks into the world of social media, tackling a range of issues from mental health to surveillance. 

The programme looks into how our internet usage and search history are being used ‘against us’. Sounds pretty creepy right?! 

The show’s synopsis reads: “This documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.”

The two-and-a-half-minute trailer shows how a team of engineers are hired to use psychology against us. 

A voiceover in the trailer states: “What I want people to know is that everything they’re doing online is being watched, is being tracked, every single action you take is carefully monitored and recorded,” 

The programme features some big names in the social media world too – just to make it that little bit more scary and realistic. It includes the likes of the co-inventor of Facebook’s ‘like’ button, the former president of Pinterest as well as people who work for Twitter, Instagram and Google. 

The programme has got people ironically taking to social media to express their concerns on the documentary’s eye-opening approach to… er… social media.  

One user simply wrote: ‘Social dilemma really scared the crap out of me’.

Another added: “Omg I just watched the social dilemma and I kinda wanna delete all my socials, throw away my phone and live in the woods for the rest of my life,”

A third said: “Everyone needs to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. Yesterday.” and another explain that Social Dilemma is ‘one of the most important things you’ll ever see’. 

A fourth added that the programme ‘exposes truths about big data, manipulation & warnings from the people who designed social media’. They explained that ‘we know we’re being manipulated by social media & having our psychology used against us’. 

The programme also really creepily points out that ‘if you’re not paying for the product… you are the product’.

BRB throwing my phone out…

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Phillip Schofield makes urgent plea to This Morning viewers in Tier 3 

“Support local businesses!”

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Yesterday it was confirmed which regions in England would be going into which tier when lockdown ends next week, with Greater Manchester facing the strictest restrictions, Tier 3.

The confirmation brought bad news for most of the North West, as well as large parts of Northern England, as they were also plunged into the tightest restrictions come December 2nd.

Phillip Schofield pleaded with This Morning viewers to support local businesses as large parts of the country are put into Tier 3.

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Making a passionate plea on the morning show, Phil hit out at the health secretary Matt Hancock after delaying his announcement.

Phillip and co-host Holly Willoughby, as well as guests Vanessa Feltz and Nick Ferrari, reacted to the news on the show.

Nick said: “People who own pubs in the likes of Redcar, Hartlepool. my heart goes out to them.

“I hope they’re there come 2021.”

Adding to Nick’s concerns, Phillip said while looking directly down the lens: “If you have a pub or restaurant that you know is down the road and they’re doing takeouts in Tier 3, make sure, that if you want them at the end of the road by the end of all this, that it’s them that you’re going to for takeouts if they’ve set it up, rather than the big usual ones you might get your Saturday night takeaway from.

“Support local businesses!”

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The Lowry is live-streaming The Gruffalo to primary schools for free

Amazing news!

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The Lowry has announced their plans to live-stream a performance of the hit show The Gruffalo into every primary school in Salford.

The performance will take place on Friday, December 11th at 1:30pm and will be available to each of the 99 primary schools in Salford for free.

The first 50 schools to register will also receive £50 of art supplies as a gift from Alison & Noel Copley, patrons of the art centre’s Copley Prize for children.

Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “COVID-19 has caused untold disruption to the academic year and the wellbeing of millions of children– not least of all the opportunity for children to come together to experience live theatre.

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“Had it not been for the pandemic, we would have expected to welcome some 15,000 children to our building this year – visiting one of our theatres, galleries or taking part in our Learning programme.

“By live-streaming this performance exclusively to Salford primary schools, free of charge, we hope to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to more than 10,000 children across Salford.”

Any schools wishing to get involved can email here

Currently, The Lowry is closed as per the national lockdown, but live performances are set to resume on Friday December 4th with galleries open on weekends only from Saturday December 5th.

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The Chase welcomes former contestant as brand new Chaser ‘The Menace’

Everyone’s buzzing.

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There’s a brand new Chaser in town named ‘The Menace’ ready to battle with contestants. 

Irish genius, Darragh Ennis is a neuroscientist who first appeared on the show in 2017 where he played against Paul and performed incredibly.

He won a whopping amount of money that was dramatically decreased by the other contestants on the episode.

The brainbox will be joining Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace, Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty and Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha and will be called ‘The Menace’

Darragh said: “I’m so pleased to be the sixth Chaser. It’s brilliant to be on such an amazing quiz team, and so much fun working with Bradley Walsh.

“It’s such an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to take on more contestants!”

Host Bradley Walsh joked: “Another Chaser? ANOTHER CHASER? That’s another person cleverer than me on The Chase. I must have words with the producers.

“But I can’t wait to educate Darragh on the important things in life; custard creams, cowboy films and real ale.”

Fans are delighted Darragh will become the sixth Chaser and that no one is  leaving.

One wrote: “Exciting but reallyyyy strange seeing a new Chaser in the chair!” 

While another added: “I know! I know I’m late and feck me, it’s the newbie!!! About time!! #TheChase “

He’s already had his first stab of the show but it didn’t go too well as the first player beat him.

What do you make of the newbie?

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