A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle
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I watched a movie this weekend called “Nerve,” it stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. The movie is about this online game called Nerve that is hosted on a Facebook like social network. The way the game works is that you sign up, and you can win money if you complete dares such as win $100 if you kiss a stranger, all while others are watching you live on a stream completing these dares. As the game progresses and as you gain followers watching you, the money amounts increase and the risks increase as well.
For example, if Emma Roberts and Dave Franco’s characters in the movie can reach 60 miles-per-hour on a motorcycle, while blindfolded, they could win $10,000. As with Facebook and other socials in real life, the high schoolers playing this game are obsessed with having the most followers, winning the most money and becoming the number one player in the game and this behavior causes the kids to do more dangerous activities until the final dare is a player must shoot Emma Roberts character to win the game.
You are probably saying that it’s only a movie and that couldn’t happen in real life, but really, how farfetched of an idea is this movie? People already are broadcasting murder and suicides on Facebook Live in hopes of gaining fame and followers, they’re just not getting paid for it as the characters in the movie.
This movie is a great example of how obsessed our culture, especially young people are obsessed with becoming famous online and as I’ve said plenty of times on this show, it’s dangerous, and this movie served as the latest example of where we are as a culture and where we are heading. All this social media fame obsession isn’t good and I’m afraid, really afraid if we as a society don’t tone down the fame obsession, some people as in this movie are gonna get seriously hurt as they try to do more dumber and dumber things online in order to gain fame. It’s really a problem that’s gonna expand unless parents and schools start trying to step in and change teens thinking on this social media fame stuff.
I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.
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Nerve Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyk2_bzca3E