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THOUGHT PROVOKING DOCUMENTARIES

The Realists is an innovative documentary project exploring how technology and social media are impacting people’s self esteem and self-image - and advocating for a mindful use of these tools. Currently being filmed.

Learn more at www.therealists.org

Sex sells. What sells even more? Insecurity. Here are the first four minutes of the feature-length documentary The Illusionists, which explores commercial culture and the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals around the world.

For more info, visit: www.theillusionists.org

The story of the relationship between Sigmund Freud and his American nephew, Edward Bernays. Bernays invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was the first person to take Freud's ideas to manipulate the masses. He showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn't need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires.
 

talks on body image

"You are fat"... "You are ugly"... "You are disgusting". That's what millions of women around the world say to themselves in the mirror every day. That's what Taryn said to herself every day before she realised that her body is not an ornament; it's the vehicle to her dreams. This talk explores the global issue of body loathing and what we can do to change our own perspective and the unrealistic standards that surround us.
Cameron Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": she's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Girls grow up hearing both implicit and explicit messages suggesting that the most important attribute they can strive for is beauty. The chronic focus on beauty directs cognitive, financial, and emotional resources away from other more important goals.

talks on technology & social media

A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention.
We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says technosociologist Zeynep Tufecki. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information.
 “WHEN YOU ARE 2 years old, your mother knows more about you than you know yourself. As you get older, you begin to understand things about your mind that even she doesn’t know. But then, says Yuval Noah Harari, another competitor joins the race: "You have this corporation or government running after you, and they are way past your mother, and they are at your back."  Amazon  will soon know when you need lightbulbs right before they burn out.  YouTube  knows how to keep you staring at the screen long past when it’s in your interest to stop. An advertiser in the future might know your sexual preferences before they are clear to you. (And they’ll certainly know them before you’ve told your mother.).” - Nicholas Thompson  Watch Nicholas Thompson’s interview with Tristan Harris and Yuval Noah Harari on  Wired  here.

“WHEN YOU ARE 2 years old, your mother knows more about you than you know yourself. As you get older, you begin to understand things about your mind that even she doesn’t know. But then, says Yuval Noah Harari, another competitor joins the race: "You have this corporation or government running after you, and they are way past your mother, and they are at your back." Amazon will soon know when you need lightbulbs right before they burn out. YouTube knows how to keep you staring at the screen long past when it’s in your interest to stop. An advertiser in the future might know your sexual preferences before they are clear to you. (And they’ll certainly know them before you’ve told your mother.).” - Nicholas Thompson

Watch Nicholas Thompson’s interview with Tristan Harris and Yuval Noah Harari on Wired here.

 

videos to supplement free to be program

Three years ago Em Ford created 'YOU LOOK DISGUSTING', and shared my story with the world. Now I'm putting my career on the line to answer one very real, and very hard question... 'If we change the standards of beauty... do we change how we see ourselves?'

As girls grow older, beauty related pressures increase-making them believe their appearance isn't good enough. Make a difference in a girl's self-esteem and encourage her to realize she doesn't need to change one thing.