With nearly a billion people all over the world having signed on,
Facebook has fundamentally changed the way millions of people connect
and communicate – but not without consequences.
looks at some of the unexpected results and impact, negative and
positive, of people sharing their personal information on social media
sites. Our relationships, our thoughts, our pastimes, our memories, our
lives and deaths are all now routinely posted online. Social media
represents a paradigm shift in the way we communicate, and inevitably,
such change is accompanied by mishaps and trouble, as we learn new
Facebook Follies introduces us to people whose
lives were dramatically changed for the worse because of indiscreet or
questionable posts, or as the victims of online criminal activity --
they lost their jobs, their marriages, their dignity, or even ended up
in jail. The film also profiles positive stories of people
love, were able to reconnect with long-lost family members, or used the
platform to publicly mourn the memory of the deceased. The film includes
some well-known stories, as well as others not very well-known, and
commentary from experts in social media and journalism.
Shot on location in Canada, the US and the UK, Facebook Follies is an engaging journey – and cautionary tale -- through one of today’s most pervasive forces of social communication.
-55 Minute version Includes segments on sexual indiscretion
-42 Minute version is PG-13 for some language and scenes
Reviews & Awards"Highly recommended. Exceptionally well-written and produced, Facebook Follies offers valuable insight into the changing nature of human communication in the context of social networks. Combining case studies and expert analysis, the film is quite candid about Facebook’s far-reaching impact on our culture."
–Educational Media Reviews Online
"Recommended for young adults. This cautionary program should help viewers think about the consequences before hitting the post button and elicit discussions on social-media sites. Good way to start a conversation with teens about the dangers of sharing personal information online."
"Recommended. Examines the wider consequences of sharing too much personal information online, ultimately serving as a solid cautionary guide for social media users, both veterans and neophytes."
- Video Librarian
"Facebook Follies is an entertaining yet chilling study of what these new technologies can mean for a hopelessly social species like humans. The most profound observation in the film is that, with persistent social media, 'social forgetting' is difficult or impossible; everything we have ever done can potentially follow us."
–Anthropology Review Database
“Four stars. This is a great documentary… Facebook Follies takes a bold look at the impact of online behaviours. No matter where you live, what you share on social networks can backfire on you at any time.”
"Every teenager should see this documentary and have a chance to avoid certain mistakes."
–Celine Audette, Literacy Educator, Catholic School Council of Grande Riviers
Broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
The most watched documentary on CBC Fall 2011
International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam
Festival des Libertés ZagrebDox